How Texas created a prison that’s not a prison

The Texas Observer has a story on that state’s new civil commitment facility — a repurposed, privately-run prison in Littlefield, Texas, that the state really, REALLY, doesn’t want you to call a prison.  Once inside those old prison walls, the men surrendered their IDs, Social Security cards, birth certificates and credit cards, along with cashContinue reading “How Texas created a prison that’s not a prison”

Texas towns committed to useless ordinances

Eric Dexheimer, writing in the Austin American-Statesman, explains how small towns in the Lone Star State continue to bow to public hysteria and implement sex offender residency restrictions.  Dexheimer cites a Nebraska study to explain why these ordinances are passed, despite evidence they don’t work and court rulings striking down restrictions in some places. YetContinue reading “Texas towns committed to useless ordinances”