Posts Tagged ‘prison’
Not Another Brick in the Wall?
Illustration by Vlad Alvarez.

Not another brick in the wall

After nearly 40 years of stuffing prisons with nonviolent offenders, some states and the U.S. government are beginning to see the light.
Peter Gorman
Jason Hernandez began selling marijuana in his McKinney neighborhood in 1992, when he was 15. At first, it was baggies, but within a couple of years he moved up to moving pounds. From there he moved on to selling crack cocaine,...

Young Peucker may spend the rest of his life in possibly the worst prison in Texas. Courtesy of Robin Hunter.

4.5 Grams

Ryan Peucker wound up with more jail time than most murderers.
Peter Gorman
On June 26, 2014, grand jurors in Cleburne handed down 91 indictments. One of them was for Ryan Andrew Peucker, indicted for possession of a controlled substance. Peucker’s mention was just a line on a long list that included...


Best Jokes On Jeff Ross’s Comedy Roast At Texas Jail

Jeff Prince
Comic Jeff Ross brandished his razor wit at a Texas jail and sliced and diced men and women inmates with his biting brand of insult comedy. And we the viewers are the better for it. Ross is typically funny on TV specials, and h...


Concrete Limbo

Two Texas immigration jails are rated among the worst in the country.
Their names don’t sound like jails — “detention facility” and “processing center” — but according to a watchdog coalition, they are de facto prisons where people who’ve been convicted of no crime spend months, w...

To Hollywood And Back

How a Fort Worth boy turned a newspaper clipping into a major motion picture — and lived to tell about it.
“The movie business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and...

Let the Right Ones Out

Fort Worth folks play key roles in the work of freeing the wrongly convicted.
Cory Session is busy these days. The Fort Worth native is spending a lot of time in Austin, lobbying the Texas Legislature to make changes in the state’s criminal justice laws. He also speaks often to law school students, bot...

Phillip Morris: Liar Liar

Jim Carrey’s back on his game in this gay caper flick.
One of 2010’s most charming movies is I Love You Phillip Morris, the demonic gay bastard child of The Informant! and Brokeback Mountain. This madcap caper film played at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews that, a...

Film Shorts

OPENING: I Love You Phillip Morris (R) Screenwriters Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Bad Santa) make their directing debut with this comedy about a real-life Texas con artist (Jim Carrey) who falls in love with a fellow prison in...

Film Shorts

OPENING: Black Swan (R) Natalie Portman stars in this film by Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) as a ballerina who suffers terrifying psychotic delusions while preparing to dance the lead in Swan Lake. Also with Mila Kunis, Vince...

Resident Evil: Afterlife Bores

A potentially thrilling premise is abandoned in favor of (just more) zombie slaying.
The fourth Resident Evil game was a thrilling reinvention of the series, ditching zombies for more unusual monsters. It also was a fast-paced story full of scares and memorable characters. Unfortunately, the same can’t be sai...