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Justice Department Begins Phase-Out of Private Prisons
Five Texas prisons currently under contract with federal government
"...The Federal Bureau of Prisons will "decline to renew the contract or substantially reduce..."

Aug. 26, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Texas Prisons as Bad as Iraq
"...could have easily come from inside our own Texas prisons. Most people don't know that there is no air-conditioning..."

May 28, 2004 Postmarks

Private Prisons Seek Broader Markets
Latest corporate wrinkle: "Treatment Industrial Complex"
"...rising, and the legislative pendulum swinging against building more prisons, the private companies that have assumed management of many..."

Nov. 24, 2014 News Post by Michael King

Distribute Condoms in Prisons

Nov. 9, 2006 Postmarks

Players, Prisons, Pit Stops, and Girl Gangs

March 12, 1999 Screens Feature by Jerry Renshaw

Capitol Chronicle
Despite John Cornyn's jokes and the end of the Ruiz suit, Texas prisons still need reform.
"...of the 30-year-long inmate lawsuit against Texas and its prisons, known originally as Ruiz v. Estelle and more recently..."

June 21, 2002 News Column by Michael King

Shades of Gray
In Texas Prisons, It's Hard to Tell Who Your Enemies Are
"...pay, high turnover, and poor training were turning Texas prisons into powderkegs, the union argued. Inmate-on-inmate and inmate-on-guard assaults..."

April 28, 2000 News Feature by Nate Blakeslee

Cruel and Unusual
Prisoners Fear Violence in Texas Prisons
"...help to explain the high crime rate in Texas prisons and why there were no guards around while Ector..."

Feb. 27, 1998 News Feature by Janet Heimlich

Sex, Drugs & Democracy
"...prostitutes, coffeeshops that specialize in hashish and other smokables, prisons, hospitals, and porn theatres to show how these different..."

Oct. 7, 1994 Movie Review by Brian Baker

COVID’s Toll on Texas Inmates Among the Worst in the Nation
LBJ School study details dismal infection, death rates
"...Nine of the approximately 200 inmates in Texas prisons who have died from COVID-19 in recent months had..."

Nov. 17, 2020 News Post by Brant Bingamon

Carandiru
In prison in Brazil is a woeful place to be.
"...is guilty of murdering a family member. Like most prisons (or at least most dramatically adapted prisons, the real..."

July 30, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Naked City
UT students protest the school's contract with Sodexho Marriott, a major stockholder in the world's largest private prison system.
"...than 53,000 prisoners are currently housed in the company's prisons, according to CCA. The activists say the private prison..."

June 1, 2001 News Feature by Jennie Kennedy

Doggett Seeks Info on Prison Evacuation (or Lack Thereof)
The Federal Bureau of Prisons kept some prisoners in place during Harvey flooding
"...filed a formal inquiry to the Federal Bureau of Prisons on Monday (Sept. 11) requesting information (and an explanation)..."

Sept. 15, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Escape Plan
Stallone and Schwarzenegger team up for double the fun.
"...one of the world’s leading experts on maximum security prisons, a skill he confirms by having himself clandestinely imprisoned..."

Oct. 25, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

That Fighting Spirit
Burned: Life In and Out of Texas Youth Prisons
"...cut." Burned: Life In And Out of Texas Youth PrisonsAustin Screens Saturday, Oct. 23, 9:30pm, Regal Arbor Cinema at..."

Oct. 22, 2010 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Opposition to Immigrant Detention Centers Mounting
"...Ga. In general, protesters decried the trend of private prisons making a buck on human misery. Specif­ic­ally, activists criticized..."

Sept. 27, 2007 News Post by Patricia J. Ruland

The Condemned
Steve Austin stars in this WWE-produced movie about a death row convict who is brought to a remote island to fight nine other killers to the death for a televised bout.
"...Christopher Baker. Ten death row inmates from Third World prisons. One South Seas island. Thirty hours. Twenty ounces of..."

April 27, 2007 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Rain Without Thunder
"...equalize prosecution along class and racial lines since the prisons are crowded with convicted poor women of color while..."

March 19, 1993 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

American Me
Olmos delivers a stark and unflinching study of the self-destructive perpetuation of violence, crime, and gang warfare in the Hispanic-American community.
"...proliferation of the mid-1970s. American Me’s thesis is that prisons, far from being giant warehouses for society's cast-offs, are,..."

March 20, 1992 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Detention Is Not Child Care
"The conditions at Karnes and Dilley are equivalent to prisons," said Bob Libal
"..."The conditions at Karnes and Dilley are equivalent to prisons, not child-care facilities," said Bob Libal, executive director of..."

Dec. 9, 2016 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Texas Inmates Strike for Better Conditions
Inmates at seven state prisons have refused to leave their cells
"...On Monday, April 4, inmates at seven Texas state prisons launched a working strike to combat crude living and..."

April 6, 2016 News Post by Chase Hoffberger

Grim History
Author traces Texas prison system from its roots in plantation slavery
"...$35), in which he traces the history of American prisons through the prism of the "retributive mode" of the..."

Aug. 20, 2010 News Feature by Michael King

From Prisoner to Reformer
A Q&A with 'Orange Is the New Black' author Piper Kerman
"...AC: Well you have certainly studied Texas’ prisons and juvenile justice system...."

May 9, 2014 News Post by Amy Smith

Prison Buff
Peeking Behind the Curtain of Incarceration
"...my name is Amanda, and I am obsessed with prisons. There: I've said it. When I go to a..."

April 6, 2001 Books Feature by Amanda Eyre Ward

Opinion: Because of COVID-19, It’s Less Safe Behind Bars. Here’s How Federal Prisoners Can Petition to Get Their Sentences Reduced.
Criminal defense attorney Chris Perri explains avenues for early prison release in Texas
"...provide some avenues for relief for those in federal prisons, of which Texas is home to many...."

April 24, 2020 Column by Chris Perri

Cracks in the Ceiling
An extended Q&A with Ann Richards biographer Jan Reid
"...be governor. The other is trying to deal with prisons – trying to improve the prisons without expanding them..."

Oct. 25, 2012 Arts Post by Michael King

From Penitentiaries to Picture Shows
Spiderwood Studios founder Tommy Warren follows the dream
"...a prison cell, and Warren cut his teeth constructing prisons around Texas. Yes, prisons. After a five-year search for..."

Jan. 30, 2009 Screens Feature by Joe O'Connell

Lege Ponders "Jails 'R' Us"
Lege proposals to privatize jails may not be the cost-cutter supporters claim.
"...adjustments would diminish the effectiveness or safety of the prisons, and Johnson emphasizes, "one primary consideration should be that..."

April 18, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

For Texas Prisoners, COVID-19 Shouldn’t Be a Death Sentence
Criminal justice advocates warn of outbreaks behind bars
"...the coronavirus pandemic became a crisis in the state's prisons. Now, COVID-19 is racing through the system and advocates..."

May 15, 2020 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Learning the Hard Way That Police and Democratic Socialists Rarely Mix
CLEAT alum Danny Fetonte's resignation from the Austin DSA raises questions for the local chapter
"...passed a resolution that called for the “abolition of prisons” and that claims members who call both prisons and..."

Oct. 13, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

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