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X-Ray showing cell phone inside of an inmate.  (credit: Texas Department of Criminal Justice Inspector General)

I-Team: Texas Fighting Back Against Smuggled Prison Cell Phones

Cell phones can fetch more than a thousand dollars inside Texas prisons and have become the most sought after contraband among inmates.

CBS 11–04/01/2013

Convicted Texas murderer Kimberly McCarthy. (credit: Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice)

Texas Female Execution Halted, DA Will Not Appeal

The first woman scheduled to be executed in the U.S. since 2010 won a reprieve Tuesday, mere hours before she was scheduled to be taken to the Texas death chamber.

01/29/2013

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Former Texas Parole Officer Accepted Bribes

A former Texas parole officer faces up to 20 years in prison for accepting bribes from a man she supervised and not reporting his alleged financial violations.

01/24/2013

A guard watches as inmates prepare for a work detail at the minimum-security Texas prison. (credit: Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

Guard Shortage Means Moving Some Texas Inmates

State prison officials have begun transferring some inmates from two Texas Panhandle units to other penitentiaries due to a lack of corrections officers.

12/11/2012

Bobby Lee Hines (credit: Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

Texas Executes Convicted Killer For 1991 Slaying

Convicted killer Bobby Lee Hines has been executed for strangling and repeatedly stabbing a suburban Dallas woman at her apartment 21 years ago.

10/24/2012

The Texas death chamber in Huntsville. (credit: Getty Images/Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

Texas Executes Man For 12-Year-Old Girl’s Death

A Texas man whose lawyers argued was mentally ill and incompetent for execution was put to death Wednesday evening for killing a 12-year-old girl more than a decade ago.

10/11/2012

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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

Suspects

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

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