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Michael Morton: An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace

Posted on · In 1986, Michael Morton's wife, Christine, was murdered in their home just outside Austin, while he was away at work. Morton quickly became the prime suspect in the case and was eventually convicted of the murder, despite not much physical evidence. He was sentenced to life in prison. Nearly 25 years later, after attorneys from […]

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Private Prisons, Veterans Court, and Ship Channel Stories: Houston Matters for Thursday, October 16, 2014

Posted on · Earlier this month, allegations of sexual abuse surfaced at a South Texas detention center for mothers and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America. The Karnes City facility is run by a private, for-profit operator based in Florida, which strongly denies the allegations. The claims come four months after the ACLU issued a report […]

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ADL Warns of Growth of White Supremacist Prison Gang

Posted on · A white supremacist gang that got its start in Texas prisons is growing into a more dangerous and sophisticated operation in the outside world. That's according to a new report out today from the Anti-Defamation League. David Pitman has more.

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Whitmire: Culture at Texas Prisons Needs to Change

Posted on · The Texas Prison where a convicted sex offender escaped is the subject of an independent security review. Houston state Senator John Whitmire, the chairman of the criminal justice committee says there must be zero tolerance in how inmates are treated in the Texas prison system. Pat Hernandez has the story.

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Old Prison is Transformed

Posted on · Houston's Museum of Natural Science has opened its extension in Sugarland. An old prison is now home to dinosaurs on display and traveling exhibits that might have been too big for the location in Houston. Pat Hernandez has more.

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Prisons Want to Jam Cell Phones

Posted on · Texas and more than two dozen other states are asking the federal government for permission to jam cell phones inside state prisons. Jim Bell explains why.