Extreme heat waves across the country have claimed hundreds of lives over the past few years, including at least 52 heat-related deaths between June 30 and July 6 alone. And prison inmates are especially at risk for succumbing to heat-related health issues, according to a federal court that has ruled in favor of an advocacy group that alleges Texas prison officials are violating prisoners’ constitutional rights with poor conditions during high-temperatures days.

Published in Current Events

At a time when suicides are the leading cause of death in county jails, Texas jails are following tougher standards to bring down those numbers.

Published in Inmate Telephone News

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS - It's a change that's expected to save the state criminal justice system $2.8 million this year. Texas state inmates and inmates at transfer facilities no longer get three meals a day, every day. Since April they've been getting only brunch and dinner on the weekends, and some inmate's families are fighting back.

Published in Current Events
Tuesday, 28 September 2010 22:33

Many Choosing Jail Time Over Probation

by Brandi Grissom
September 28, 2010

Texas - Mark William Ivey really, really did not want to be on probation. He wanted to do his jail time and get on with his life — and his drinking.

At his trial in Travis County, where he was charged with driving while intoxicated, Ivey declined to give the jury the option to sentence him to probation. He contended he didn’t need treatment, and despite blood-alcohol tests that showed he was over twice the legal limit, Ivey told jurors he was not too impaired to drive. “Yes, I will drive again with alcohol in my system,” he told the jury. When the judge tried to force Ivey to serve probation time and get substance-abuse treatment, he appealed, and eventually his case went all the way to the state’s top criminal court.

Published in Prison Legal News