- Dallas DA Susan Hawk is back on the job and under the spotlight after a rough couple of months
- Even though incarceration rates in the U.K. are markedly lower than here, British Justice Secretary Michael Gove reportedly was inspired to pursue a series of justice reforms after visiting a Texas prison. One of those includes letting prisoners out early for diligent participation in work, educational and treatment programs, a measure which Texas this year enacted for state jail felony prisoners.
- Good idea, somewhat weird execution on the Nueces Sheriff's plan to let jail inmates have access to tablet computers in order to fill up their free time. He's partnering with a company that provides prison phone service and wants to charge them by the minute.
- Read Murray Newman on Snitches, the Feds, and Prosecutorial Misconduct.
- See too-nostalgic look at the Walls, Texas' first prison unit in Huntsville, on the event of the 166th anniversary of its opening.
- It's increasingly becoming possible Texas will not see any new death sentences in 2015 for the first time since the death penalty was last reinstated. That said, the number prisoners serving Life Without Parole - a sentencing category which didn't even exist a decade ago in Texas - is becoming significant. Grits compiled these data* from TDCJ Annual Statistical Reports (available here):