Criminal Justice


Galveston Lawsuit Is Writing on the Wall for Other Counties that Haven’t Ended ‘Wealth-Based Detention’

by | Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 14:38 CST
The lawsuit is now one of several across Texas seeking to end the practice of keeping people in jail just because they’re poor.

Meet the Expert Who Helps Texas Cops Justify Extreme Behavior

Gilbert Flores’ hands were raised when two Bexar County deputies shot and killed him. A former cop who’s trained thousands of state police officers explains why he thinks that’s OK.

Gilbert Flores was already taunting the cops when his mother called 911 the morning of August 28, 2015. “My son, he’s gone crazy, I think he’s on drugs, I...Read More


Why We Hired a Civil Rights Reporter

Introducing Michael Barajas, the Observer’s new civil rights reporter

Over the last five years, federal courts have repeatedly ruled that the Texas Legislature intentionally discriminated against racial minorities. That’s a high...Read More