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UHD Students Helps Former Inmates Transition Back into Society

Posted on · A program out of the University of Houston-Downtown’s Criminal Justice program trains and deploys students to help former inmates transition back into society. We talk with Shaun Sanchez and Bianca Serna, a couple of the students who’ll work with returning citizens. (Above: L-R UHD students  Shaun Sanchez and Bianca Serna. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)

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Convict Cowboys: The Untold History of the Texas Prison Rodeo

Posted on · In 1931, officials at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville started a rodeo for inmates. Intended simply as entertainment for prisoners and employees, it eventually grew to become the largest sporting event in the state of Texas, drawing crowds as large as a hundred thousand in some years. A book called Convict Cowboys: The Untold History […]

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DOJ will end use of private prisons, six of them in Texas

Posted on ·   The U.S. Justice Department announced it will end the practice of housing federal inmates in privately-operated prisons. There are 13 private federal prisons, and six of them are in Texas. More than twenty-two thousand federal inmates – about twelve percent of the total – are housed in the private facilities. A recent audit found that private […]

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Convict Cowboys: The Untold History of the Texas Prison Rodeo

Posted on · In 1931, officials at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville started a rodeo for inmates. Intended simply as entertainment for prisoners and employees, it eventually grew to become the largest sporting event in the state of Texas, drawing crowds as large as a hundred thousand in some years. A new book called Convict Cowboys: The […]