Posts Tagged ‘prison’

Private Prisons, Public Pain

Despite a long record of abuses, GEO is still running Texas prisons.
Peter Gorman
Reeves County straddles I-20 in West Texas, between Odessa and El Paso. Pecos is the county seat, anchored in cowboy mythology. Tiny homes, many of them 100 years old and made of stone, line several dozen downtown streets; beyo...

Swift Changes

Story and Photos by STEVE WATKINS
The half-destroyed brick buildings at the top of the rise overlooking the rest of the Fort Worth Stockyards have seen plenty of history. The old Swift and Company meat-packing plant employed 1,700 people during the area’s...

Maybe Yes

John Q. Public
To the editor: As usual, Jeff Prince’s reportage, this time in his “Mayfest: Maybe Not” story (Aug. 26, 2009), was a must-read.

Outback Symphony

The earnest and completely uninventive Australian drama Broken Hill is about Tommy McAlpine (Luke Arnold, an Australian TV star who strongly resembles Adrian Grenier), a teenager who dreams of becoming a composer as he grows up...

A Break in the Wall

The Federal Bureau of Prisons seldom loses when a prisoner’s family tries to take it to court to right some wrong. Two weeks ago it did.

Fortunate Son

When he was a child, Lucky Tubb attended live concerts by his great-uncle. Lucky remembers sitting with his grandfather in the audience and, amid the commotion backstage and on the tour bus, watching the players and tech people...

Aching for Justice

Local jury verdicts show a larger problem in our society.
Valda Jean Combs
When an Arlington woman was indicted for manslaughter last year because she lied to her husband, I was concerned, but not much. Surely no jury would convict a woman who did not pull the trigger, while allowing the real killer t...

Torture Porn

Big Ticket
Having made such classic documentaries as The Thin Blue Line and The Fog of War, Errol Morris looks deeper into the events at Abu Ghraib prison in Standard Operating Procedure. He interviews many of the U.S. military police off...

Paying the Price for Free Speech

Karen Lewis’ worst crime, in the eyes of federal jailers, may have been talking to the Weekly.
Betty Brink
It was 2:30 a.m. when a guard woke her up and told her to pack her belongings. By 5 a.m., Karen Lucchesi Lewis was in a Bureau of Prisons bus, shackled and chained, on the way from Carswell Federal Medical Center to a holding f...

A New Kind of Wage Slave

Corporations are getting rich using federal prisoners as captive labor pools.
Betty Brink
Unless she’s dying or recovering from surgery, a patient at the Federal Medical Center-Carswell must work.