Government Makes History Carrying Out More Federal Executions In 2020 Than All U.S. StatesThe U.S. has made lethal injection history. For the first time, the government has carried out more executions in a year than all states that still conduct executions.
Worst U.S. COVID-19 Prison/Jail Hotspots Are In Texas, State Leads The Country In Infections And DeathsAccording to a new report by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, at least 231 inmates and staff members have died of COVID-19 in Texas prisons and jails.
Coronavirus In Texas: Death Toll Surpasses 300, Close To 2,600 Have RecoveredMore than 14,600 Texans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 318 people who had it have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Coronavirus In Texas: Prison Inmates Making Protective MasksThe prison factories are making up to 20,000 masks a day. They are also producing plastic face masks.
2 Texas Prisons To Close Due To Inmate Population Decline, UnderstaffingThe closures of a prison in South Texas and another in suburban Houston will result in annual savings of about $20 million.
Texas Inmates Donate More Than $53,000 For Harvey ReliefInmates serving time in Texas prisons have also found a way to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Texas Prisons Trial Ordered After Heat-Related Inmate DeathA federal judge has ordered a civil trial of the Texas prison system and its leadership in a civil rights lawsuit arising from the heat-related death of an inmate.
Inmates Return To Texas Prisons Evacuated Due To FloodingAbout 4,000 inmates evacuated from three Texas prisons during late-May storms are back in their assigned units after floodwaters receded.
Pfizer Says It's Blocking Use Of Drugs For Lethal InjectionsPharmaceutical company Pfizer has announced it is blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections, which means all federally-approved drugmakers whose medications could be used for executions have now put them off limits.
Texas Senator Gets Another Prison Death ThreatThe problem of illegal cell phones being smuggled in to Texas inmates came to light five years ago when a death row inmate called Senator John Whitmire and made threats. Now that Texas senator is again the victim of a death threat.
Texas Prisons Aim To Eliminate Cellphoneshe nation's largest state prison system is turning to electronic weaponry to combat the persistent headache of illegal cellphones smuggled to inmates.