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Jolie McCullough

Jolie McCullough reports on Texas criminal justice issues and policy for the Texas Tribune. She came to the Tribune in early 2015 from the Albuquerque Journal, where she worked four years on breaking news and data-driven projects. She is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication; while there, she interned as a reporter and online producer at the Arizona Republic and served as the web editor of the student-run newspaper, the State Press.

Recent Contributions

Faces of Death Row App Gets an Update

William Mason was again sentenced to death in Harris County last month after being granted a new punishment trial. He was originally sent to death row in 1992 for the kidnapping and murder of his wife. There are now 253 people in Texas living with a death sentence. See our updated database of these men and women.

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 Illustration by Anneke Paterson / Todd Wiseman

More than 400,000 Employees Now in Salaries Explorer

With a focus on the Houston area, our latest updates have pushed the number of state and municipal employees in our database to more than 400,000. Among the agencies we've added: the University of Houston and its campuses, the city of Houston and Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.

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 Graphic by Todd Wiseman

Prison Inmates Database Gets an Update

The Texas Tribune's Prison Inmates database, containing more than 144,000 offenders, is now updated with the latest data available from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. It is now current as of September 2015.

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 Graphic by Emily Albracht/TDCJ

Faces of Death Row App Updated

Gabriel Hall and James Calvert have joined the 251 other inmates living with death sentences in Texas. See our updated database of these men and women, which you can filter by age, race, sex and length of stay on death row.

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 Graphic by Caleb Bryant Miller/Emily Albracht

Dip in Prison Population Continues Trend

The number of men and women being held in Texas prisons fell by more than one percent in 2014, a slight dip that continues a downward trend aided by new diversion programs and a reluctance by state lawmakers to add more prison beds.

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 Rafael Aguilera, Austin American-Statesman

Revisit our Paid to Prosecute Project

Revisit our Paid to Prosecute project, a six-month Texas Tribune/Austin American-Statesman investigation that revealed a chummy and unusual financial arrangement between Texas Mutual Insurance and the Travis County DA's office.

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 Rafael Aguilera, Austin American-Statesman

Decades After Reforms, Exclusive Deal Lingers

An exclusive funding deal between Texas Mutual and the Travis County DA was forged amid crisis, one that has long-since passed. While the company used to be subject to government audits and transparency laws, lobbyists have worked to lift such rules.

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