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A row of jail cells sit empty. (credit: AP Photo)

Guards Come Forward In Dawson Jail Investigation

People have died inside a downtown Dallas jail. And we’ve been told, the deaths are the result of a lack of attention and medical care.

10/08/2012

Texas Prisons To Get Phone Restriction Devices

Two Texas prisons that have had serious problems with cellphones being smuggled inmates are getting a system to block phone calls coming from inside the lockups.

09/05/2012

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2012 Shaping Up As Deadly Year For Texas Prisons

With four months still remaining, 2012 is already the deadliest year in more than a decade in Texas prisons. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has reported 10 homicides this year, up from only three in 2011.

09/03/2012

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North Texas Killing Tied To Hate Group

A man who reportedly boasted of being a member of the hate gang, The Aryan Brotherhood, has been tortured to death in North Texas – allegedly by ex-convicts who are actually members of the white supremacy group.

08/19/2012

Convicted killer Yokamon Hearn is scheduled for execution on July 18, 2012 for the carjacking murder of 23-year-old Plano stockbroker Frank Meziere. (credit: Dallas Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

Texas Readies Single-Drug Execution For Dallas Carjacker

Convicted killer Yokamon Hearn once bragged how the carjacking murder that would send him to death row earned him a headline. Now he faces the notoriety of news stories proclaiming him the first Texas prisoner executed under a new single-drug procedure.

07/17/2012

Autumn Miller clutches her child, Gracie, who was born premature in the Dawson Jail in downtown Dallas. (Credit: Miller Family)

Premature Baby Born At Dawson Jail Without Medically Trained Personnel

CBS 11 has learned a baby was prematurely born last month at the Dawson Jail in downtown Dallas, apparently with no medically trained personnel in attendance.

07/10/2012

Texas death chamber execution gurney. (credit: AP)

Drug Shortage Has State Switching To 1-Drug Execution

Texas prison officials are changing the way they do executions due to a drug shortage.

07/10/2012

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Family Files Suit Over Texas Inmates & Air Conditioning

A North Texas family has filed a federal lawsuit against the state, after a man died in a prison that didn’t have air conditioning. Larry Gene McCollum suffered heat stroke last summer, while serving time at the Hutchins State Jail in Dallas.

06/27/2012

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Another Family Blames Dawson State Jail For Inmate Death

Ashleigh Shae Parks, 30, died just six weeks before she was scheduled to be released from Dawson State Jail in downtown Dallas, a low security facility for people convicted of non-violent crimes.

06/14/2012

A row of jail cells sit empty. (credit: AP Photo)

Mysterious Jail Death Raises Questions

The Alfanos walk around their home eager to show visitors reminders of their daughter Pam Weatherby. When opening the fridge, two remaining bottles of insulin still sit chilling.

04/26/2012

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Anthony Graves Story on 48 Hours Saturday

The CBS news show 48 Hours Mystery will air a segment this Saturday with an update on former death row inmate Anthony Graves’ story.

03/15/2012

Warren Jeffs (center) is held by two Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department SWAT officers during his extradition hearing in Las Vegas Justice Court. (credit: Getty Images/Ethan Miller)

Convicted Polygamist May Have Broken Phone Rules

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says officials are trying to determine if Jeffs preached a sermon to his congregation over a speaker phone.

12/29/2011

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