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Gov. Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw, speak to media following a tour to a federal facility housing unaccompanied alien children in Weslaco, Texas June 23rd, 2014. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to commence surge operations to help combat crime along the border.
Gov. Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw, speak to media following a tour to a federal facility housing unaccompanied alien children in Weslaco, Texas June 23rd, 2014. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to commence surge operations to help combat crime along the border.

Perry: Send Migrant Kids Home Without Delay

Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday doubled down on his stance that tens of thousands of children crossing into Texas illegally from Central America should be sent back to their countries without delay. 

Inmates Roberto Bisco and Robbie Robinson undergo dialysis in the medical center of the Estelle Unit in Huntsville, Texas.
Inmates Roberto Bisco and Robbie Robinson undergo dialysis in the medical center of the Estelle Unit in Huntsville, Texas.

With More Inmates on Dialysis, Officials Deal With Rising Costs

A small but expensive and ever-growing group of Texas inmates requires dialysis. Fewer than 230 inmates who receive dialysis treatment account for about 3 percent of the entire prison system's pharmaceutical budget. Lawmakers and prison officials are struggling to manage the cost as the need for treatment increases.

Bernie Tiede leaves the Panola County Courthouse on May 6, 2014.
Bernie Tiede leaves the Panola County Courthouse on May 6, 2014.

"Bernie" Movie Leads to Bernie's Freedom

Filmmaker Richard Linklater always thought life in prison was too harsh for Bernie Tiede, the East Texas mortician who murdered his 81-year-old companion. Now — in large part because of Linklater's film on him — Tiede is no longer behind bars. One of the conditions of Tiede's release is that he live on Linklater’s property in Austin.

"Illuminating Spirits," an art and poetry exhibition by incarcerated women in the Texas prison system, are displayed at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, presented by The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition and the City of Austin.
"Illuminating Spirits," an art and poetry exhibition by incarcerated women in the Texas prison system, are displayed at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, presented by The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition and the City of Austin.

Advocates Urge More Resources for Art Therapy in Prison

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Behind bars, art can be an important form of expression for women who have suffered from trauma, drug addiction or mental illness. And advocates for prisoner rights say they plan to ask lawmakers for more money to provide inmates with art supplies and art therapy.

Gov. Rick Perry and other officials brief the media at Fort Hood on April 4, 2014.
Gov. Rick Perry and other officials brief the media at Fort Hood on April 4, 2014.

Texas Could Get Millions for "Active Shooter" Training

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A law enforcement training center based at Texas State University in San Marcos may receive $15 million in federal money to support programs that train officers how to handle situations like the recent Fort Hood shooting.

A picture of Joaquín Guzmán Loera released by law enforcement officials on Saturday.
A picture of Joaquín Guzmán Loera released by law enforcement officials on Saturday.

Guzman's Arrest Greeted With Caution

The high-profile capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, the leader of Mexico's ruthless Sinaloa drug cartel, should not stoke immediate fears of unrest on Texas' southern border, analysts said Saturday. But they cautioned that only time will tell if Guzmán’s arrest means that the rival Juárez cartel will try to retake the Ciudad Juárez turf it lost in 2008.

Bernhardt Tiede exits the Panola County Court building with his attorney Jodi Cole after his hearing on February 5, 2014 in Carthage. His attorney filed new evidence that could affect his punishment term. He has been serving time since August of 1997 for the murder of Marjorie Nugent.
Bernhardt Tiede exits the Panola County Court building with his attorney Jodi Cole after his hearing on February 5, 2014 in Carthage. His attorney filed new evidence that could affect his punishment term. He has been serving time since August of 1997 for the murder of Marjorie Nugent.

Town's Stance on Famed Convict Changes Over 15 Years

When Bernie Tiede went to trial in 1999 for murdering a wealthy Carthage widow, many in the town wanted the young man to see a light punishment. But 15 years into his life sentence, as court proceedings begin that could lead to Tiede's early release, many now say prison is where he belongs. 

Children who participate in an after school program in Ciudad Juárez dance to Beyoncé as part of their routine. The program is one of several Merida Initiative projects in this border city designed to help the city rebound.
Children who participate in an after school program in Ciudad Juárez dance to Beyoncé as part of their routine. The program is one of several Merida Initiative projects in this border city designed to help the city rebound.

Supporters of Mérida Cite Successes From Aid Package

The Mérida Initiative, a $1.5 billion U.S. aid package whose beneficiaries include Mexico, has faced its share of criticism. But in Ciudad Juárez, participants in social and educational programs that receive money through Mérida say they see direct evidence that the initiative is yielding positive results.