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Jolie McCullough / The Texas Tribune

As temperatures soared over 100 degrees in most of the state this week, ongoing concerns over the safety of inmates and guards in Texas prisons — almost 75 percent of which do not have air conditioning in housing areas — have resurfaced.

Incarcerated women in Texas have access to fewer educational and vocational programs compared to incarcerated men, a new study finds.

The study, released Tuesday by the local nonprofit Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, is the second of a two-part study that looks into the increasing numbers of incarcerated women.

Jolie McCullough / The Texas Tribune

ROSHARON — Just 30 miles south of the urban epicenter of Houston, the scene around one of Texas’ oldest maximum-security prisons has a much more rustic quality.

FDA Officially Bans Texas' Attempted Import Of Execution Drugs

Apr 20, 2017
The Texas Tribune

Almost two years after Texas tried to import an execution drug from overseas, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ruled Thursday that the drug can’t be admitted into the United States.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Texas Death Row Inmate

Mar 28, 2017
TDCJ/Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Texas death row inmate Tuesday, sending his case back to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and invalidating the state's current method of determining if a death-sentenced inmate is intellectually disabled and therefore ineligible for execution. Texas' method relies on decades-old medical standards and a controversial set of factors.

Report Finds Almost 7,000 In-Custody Deaths In Texas

Jul 28, 2016
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Almost 7,000 individuals in Texas have died while in police custody or behind bars over the past 10 years, according to an online report released Wednesday by a University of Texas at Austin research institute.

New Death Sentences In Texas Drop To 40-Year Low

Dec 16, 2015
Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Texas juries imposed only two new death sentences in 2015, the fewest since the death penalty was reinstated nationwide almost 40 years ago, according to a national report released Wednesday.

Texas Inmate Beard Policy Will Not Cost Taxpayers Extra

Aug 11, 2015
Sean Hobson / Texas Tribune

Taxpayers will not have to bear the costs of a new beard policy for inmates after all.

Tom Michael/Marfa Public Radio

Ten people killed in the crash of a prison bus in West Texas include eight prisoners and two guards.