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Texas Prisons To Update LGBT Policy After Lawsuit From Transgender Inmate Who Was Beaten, Raped

Posted on · Lambda Legal has settled with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in the case of Passion Star, a black transgender woman who claimed prison officials didn’t protect her from sexual and physical abuse while incarcerated in male prisons

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Why is Prison Spending Outpacing Education Spending in Texas?

Posted on · A recent report from the U.S. Department of Education says over the past three decades, state and local spending on prisons and jails has risen more than three times faster than spending on elementary and secondary education.  The disparities are far greater in Texas, where prison spending grew at nearly eight times the rate of […]

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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 alleging thousands […]