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Prison News | Texas

Recent events, organized by category (below) or region/state (right), concerning the corrections industry in Texas. Comments, suggestions and contributions (below) appreciated.


Education & Rehabilitation

Executions, Death Row & the Death Penalty

Gangs in Prison

Health & Medical Treatment

Prison Classification, Placement, & Release

  • Texas Appeals Court Blocks Inmate's Execution
    HOUSTON - Texas' top criminal appeals court on Friday halted the scheduled execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence that his supporters say raises serious doubt about his guilt. ...[more]

  • Arrested corrections officer said he ‘didn’t care’ about checking on inmates, affidavit says
    A corrections officer was arrested Saturday after he lied about checking on inmates in the Travis County Correctional Complex at Del Valle, telling investigators he just “didn’t care” about doing his regular checks, his affidavit says....[more]

  • 3 Native American Inmates Win Right to Long Hair in Texas
    BEEVILLE, TEXAS (AP) — Three male Native American inmates in Texas will be allowed to grow their hair long as an expression of their religious beliefs after winning a lawsuit against the state prison system....[more]

  • Texas succeeds with new laws intended to disrupt school-to-prison pipeline
    Discovering the (perhaps somewhat unexpected) success of reforms in (perhaps somewhat unexpected) states is one of the great joys of following closely state-level criminal justice policy and practice. For example, this new local article showcases how Texas is achieving success at addressing problems often stressed by juvenile justice advocates. The piece is headlined "New laws drastically cut prosecutions of Texas students," and here is how it starts:...[more]

  • Texas high court denies compensation request for wrongfully convicted inmate
    JUAN CARLOS LLORCA // Associated Press The Texas Supreme Court has denied the request for compensation payments to an inmate who was wrongfully convicted for murder but confessed to raping children while in prison....[more]

Prison Conditions & Corruption

  • Texas prisons feel the heat as summer takes hold
    HOUSTON (Reuters) - Texas prisons bought hundreds of fans before the start of summer but the move was not related to a civil rights lawsuit accusing the country's most populous prison system of housing inmates in dangerously hot indoor areas, a prison spokesman said on Monday....[more]

  • Grandstanding on Prisons in Texas
    Rick Perry, the Republican governor of Texas, is gearing up for the 2016 presidential elections by bellowing about imaginary overreach from Washington and refusing to comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003....[more]

  • Study on Inmate Assaults Clears Up Some Myths About Institutional Conditions
    A recent survey conducted by researchers at the University of Houston found that the vast majority of inmate assaults in Texas prisons could be explained by the personal characteristics......[more]

Prison Life & Culture

Riots, Lockdowns & Escapes

Suicides in Prison

Workplace & Industry News, and Science & Tech News

  • Sheriffs weigh selling e-cigarettes to inmates
    AUSTIN, TEXAS (Texas Tribune) - As a way to allow some inmates to get their nicotine fix and sheriffs to shore up tight budgets, county jails across the country have begun selling electronic cigarettes. Though the trend has largely bypassed Texas, jail officials say that could change as sheriffs begin to warm up to the smokeless technology. ...[more]

  • Female wardens avoid their desk to walk cell block
    DAYTON, Texas (AP) — An ominous warning is posted in red and white on a thick steel door flanked by fences topped with razor wire: "No hostage shall pass through this gate."

    It is a standing order to this prison's staff and an advisory to any visitors who enter this penitentiary that is home to some of the state's more dangerous sex offenders....[more]

  • Securus Technologies, Inc. Expands Call Center Staff by 25% as Business Client Growth Continues
    DALLAS, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Securus Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of inmate communications services, investigative technologies, corrections/law enforcement/ emergency information technology services, and active global positioning systems (GPS) based offender monitoring devices announced today that it will expand its Call Center Associate staff by roughly 25%....[more]

  • Brazos County Sheriff's Office Looks into the Panasonic Toughbook Arbitrator 360 degrees Digital Evidence Management Solution
    Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, a leading provider of mobile video surveillance solutions for government and public safety agencies, today announced at the 135th Annual Sheriffs’ Association of Texas Training Conference and Expo that the Brazos County, Tx. Sheriff’s Office is deploying what may be the nation’s first true cuffs-to-court solution for digital evidence management......[more]

  • Lattice Extends Operations in Texas and Oklahoma
    Lattice Inc., a provider of information and communications technology solutions, has completed two new installations of its Nexus Inmate Telephone System platform in Texas and Oklahoma....[more]

  • Closure of Dallas private jail will cost 345 jobs
    The looming closure of the Dawson State Jail in Dallas will cost 345 jobs, according to a letter filed with the state by the jail's operator, Corrections Corporation of America, under the Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification Act....[more]



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