Texas Prison System
Texas’ top criminal court called off Wednesday’s scheduled execution of a death row inmate linked to five killings, though attorneys said the court didn’t immediately explain its decision.
It only took a jury about four hours to agree that a North Texas gang member used an assault rifle to open fire on a rival gang’s house party. The 2011 incident left a young mother dead and seven others wounded.
he nation’s largest state prison system is turning to electronic weaponry to combat the persistent headache of illegal cellphones smuggled to inmates.
Texas prisoner Jerry Hartfield was still a young man when he was told his murder conviction had been overturned and he would get a new trial. Hartfield was moved off death row, but 32 years later is still waiting for that new trial.
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.
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.
Texas may be forced to reconsider a state law that allows prosecutors to charge prostitutes with a felony and send them to prison after three misdemeanor convictions.
Proposed cuts to the health care provided to Texas prisoners could make the system unconstitutionally inadequate, experts warned lawmakers Monday.
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.