State Sen. Mario Gallegos, D-Houston, died Tuesday, but his name will still appear on the November ballot. What happens to his seat — and how soon his district will have representation in the Senate — is in the hands of Gov. Rick Perry.
When lawmakers decided to charge inmates $100 a year for medical treatments, they expected it to help plug holes in the prison budget. But critics of the new policy say the result is less health care for sick inmates.
In a new ad, Republican Wayne Faircloth, who is challenging state Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, in House District 23, says his career as a small-business owner has prepared him to work on balancing the state budget and create jobs.
A San Antonio district has implemented a pilot program to track students while on campus, having them wear radio frequency identification chips on cards around their neck. Administrators say it's the best way to make sure they get all the state money they're entitled to.
State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon plans to revive her efforts to create an "innocence commission" to look into old cases of wrongful convictions. But she acknowledges that the legislation faces a difficult challenge.
Advocates for inmate Donald Rash, who suffers numerous medical problems, argue that he should be granted parole. They say the state is wasting millions caring for infirm and elderly inmates who no longer pose a threat to society.
Prison investigator A.P. Merillat's court testimony about the violence inmates serving life sentences can inflict has helped send at least 15 murderers to death row. Now, his credibility has been condemned by the state’s highest criminal court.
Despite efforts to crack down on human trafficking in Texas, lawmakers and advocates said Tuesday that pimps still operate with little pressure. Legislators were urged to increase civil penalties for trafficking businesses.
Harris County says it is running out of room to store blood in closed investigations. The district attorney is asking the attorney general to allow courts to order the destruction of old evidence. Some worry that could set a dangerous precedent.
A coalition of advocacy organizations issued a report on Thursday arguing that federal immigration policy is leading to a surge in the population of private prisons, where conditions raise human rights questions.
The incoming director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department on how his experience has prepared him for his new role and how he'll solve the problems that have long plagued the state's juvenile system.
As solitary confinement grows in the national spotlight, Texas lawmakers and advocates are concerned about the re-entry of prisoners held for years without much human contact. For many, it's a matter of public safety.