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Detainees Strike for Freedom
Hunger strikes call attention to plight of women and children refugees
"...A recent hunger strike at a Karnes County detention facility has reaffirmed opposition to the practice..."

April 17, 2015 News Feature by Tony Cantú

Detention Is Not Child Care
"The conditions at Karnes and Dilley are equivalent to prisons," said Bob Libal
"...prison group Corrections Corporation of America or CoreCivic) and Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City (GEO Group) were..."

Dec. 9, 2016 News Feature by Mary Tuma

World Trade Center
This is not the 9/11 film we expected from Stone, who tells the fact-based story of two individuals who somehow survived the collapse of the World Trade Center and with a remarkable economy of expressionistic detail and bombast.
"...awards season.) Another story strand is that of Dave Karnes (Michael Shannon), the ex-Marine who feels called by God..."

Aug. 11, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Choosing Detention Over Death
Refugees come to the U.S. seeking protection, find detention instead
"...days, M and her son were moved to the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, where women and..."

Dec. 25, 2015 News Feature by Dina Samir Shehata

Child Care Center or Baby Jail?
State allows family detention centers to skirt the rules and become child care centers
"...March 1, exempts the two facilities in Dilley and Karnes City from three of the minimum residential standards: 1)..."

March 18, 2016 News Feature by Dina Samir Shehata

Fighting Family Detention
On June 1, a judge will consider whether to allow detention centers to be licensed as child-care facilities
"...the testimony of E.G.S., a woman detained in the Karnes County Residential Center. E.G.S. fled to the U.S. from..."

May 27, 2016 News Feature by Dina Samir Shehata

Court: Immigrant Detention Is Child Care
3rd Court of Appeals dismisses suit that challenged "family residential centers" that meet only minimal child welfare standards
"...South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley and the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City – as child..."

Dec. 7, 2018 News Feature by Mary Tuma

"Every Human Being Is Legal"
St. Andrew's offers sanctuary to immigrant mother and child
"...she previously told the story of her time in Karnes to the Chronicle under the condition of anonymity (see..."

April 29, 2016 News Feature by Dina Samir Shehata

Speakers Testify Against Detention Facility Relicensing
Instead of changing conditions, DFPS plans to just change detention center classification
"...South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley and the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, into licensed child-care..."

Dec. 18, 2015 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

The End of Family Detention?
Positive changes coming, but some say it's not enough
"...who's represented roughly 20 families kept in the for-profit Karnes County Residential Center, located 100 miles south of Austin..."

July 3, 2015 News Feature by Tony Cantú

Day Trips
Duels and gunfights killed this Karnes County town
"...1854, Helena became the seat of the newly formed Karnes County...."

Aug. 17, 2012 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips
Captain Day Trips scares us with spooky stories of Texas.
" Helena are the ghosts. Once the seat of Karnes County and a thriving stagecoach stop, the town sported..."

Oct. 26, 2001 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

"...31, a group of women being held at the Karnes County family detention center in Karnes City, Texas, began..."

April 3, 2015 News Feature

News Roundup: Water Flows Downhill
WTP 4 opens, ACLU sues Obama, and Brown awaits his fate
"...children are being imprisoned in several U.S. facilities, including Karnes, Texas, and a newly opened facility in Dilley, Texas,..."

Dec. 22, 2014 News Post by the News Staff

Barbara's Fire
Attorney, teacher, and veteran fighter for freedom, Barbara Hines retires from a career mentoring students
"...retirement – she's seen history repeat itself, in the Karnes County Residential Center. The facility – this one 100..."

Dec. 12, 2014 News Feature by Tony Cantú

"...managed by the for-profit prison corporation that runs the Karnes County family detention cen­ter. A complaint was recently filed..."

Oct. 17, 2014 News Feature

Post-election political rumblings , and Music Editor Raoul Hernandez takes it on the chin from Nina Simone fans.
" Pawnee involving over 120 landowners in Goliad and Karnes Counties. Goliad and Karnes County Commissioner Courts and the..."

Nov. 10, 2000 Column

"...Dads on Strike: Fathers at the Karnes County detention facility have gone on a hunger strike..."

Aug. 10, 2018 News Feature

Lege Lines: Bills on the Move
Sine die looms. Do these bills have a shot?
"...penned by the for-profit GEO Group, which oversees the Karnes County Residential Center. Democrats slammed the measure, calling the..."

May 12, 2017 News Feature by the News Staff

Justice Department Begins Phase-Out of Private Prisons
Five Texas prisons currently under contract with federal government
"...prisons, or immigration detention centers such as those in Karnes City and Dilley, which are operated by private prison..."

Aug. 26, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Judge to Feds: Obey the Law
Orders Department of Justice to begin releasing children and mothers
"...empty the South Texas, for-profit family detention centers at Karnes City (operated by the GEO Group) and Dilley (Corrections..."

July 28, 2015 News Post by Michael King

News Roundup: Protests and Presidents
Contentious issues and presidential contenders
"..."Save It, Don't Pave It," hosted by Travis County..."

May 4, 2015 News Post by the News Staff

News Roundup: John Legend, the FBI, and Paul Pryor
Legend calls for criminal justice reform; Pryor passes away
"...that both companies are expanding their operations in Texas (Karnes County and Dilley) and Louisiana. The report, which recommends..."

April 20, 2015 News Post by the News Staff

Big Brother Sets Eyes on Immigrants
Footage from last week's capitol demo against new detention center
"...were demanding a halt to the construction of the Karnes County Civil Detention Facility...."

June 27, 2011 News Post by Katie Tomasino

Media Watch: Marfa Ready for NPR?
An attempt to bring public radio to West Texas shows that no good deed goes unpunished
"...comprised of Matinee interest holders" bought a station in Karnes City, Texas. The FCC has taken the position that..."

Dec. 29, 2006 News Feature by Kevin Brass

The Best of Slate: A 10th Anniversary Anthology
Why fork over $13 – or $9.97, if you use the fulfillment service on's click-through ad – to read anything that's free online?
"...Rebecca Liss' sparse, engaging narrative of former Marine Dave Karnes' rescue of two survivors at the World Trade Center...."

Sept. 8, 2006 Books Review by Marrit Ingman

Democrats Get a Boost From Court Redistricting
District 25 will now be more rooted in Travis County, yet also more conservative
"...Vote TotalsOld District 25 (counties: SE Travis, Caldwell, Gonzales, Karnes, Live Oak, Duval, Jim Hogg, Starr, SW Hidalgo)..."

Aug. 11, 2006 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...its focuses is providing aid to "detainees in Pearsall, Karnes City, Laredo, and the juvenile detention facility in Nixon,..."

March 31, 2006 News Feature

Top 10 State Stories
Our state leaders bumble through the year
"...Not Houston Republican Talmadge Heflin, nor his GOP colleagues, Karnes City's Eric Opiela and Austin's Jack Stick – each..."

Jan. 7, 2005 News Feature

Vo Faces the Challenge
New lawmaker comes to Capitol as election contest rages on
"...Rep. Jack Stick of Austin and Eric Opiela of Karnes City, also have filed challenges to their respective November..."

Dec. 10, 2004 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

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