Department of State Health Services

Conroe Police Dept.

No State Laws Keep Eye on the Tigers

A tiger left roaming the streets of Conroe after last week's floods has unearthed a unique complication: There are few statewide regulations regarding dangerous wild animals in Texas.

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Sandra Bland, Jail Standards Top Criminal Justice News in 2015

In 2015, Sandra Bland's death jolted a conversation about inmate safety and mental health, while high-profile murder cases continued and Texas was criticized for the lengths it reportedly went through to find execution drugs for death row inmates.

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Kaitlyn Veto

Black Lives Matter Searches for Its Next Step

More than two years after the heat of anger over Trayvon Martin's shooting in Florida fused into Black Lives Matter, an Austin chapter is trying to mold its energy into an agenda to influence state lawmakers.

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Callie Richmond

New Statewide Jail Form Aimed at Suicide Risks

In the wake of the hanging death of Sandra Bland and other recent suicides, the state agency that oversees jails is issuing a new inmate intake form so jailers will ask more specific, direct questions when booking people.

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Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Report: Veteran Mental Health Ignored in Capital Cases

Veterans sentenced to death in Texas murder cases — and nationwide — might have escaped the punishment if juries had been told about their military service and any ensuing mental health problems, says a report released Tuesday.

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