Latest Texas Department of Criminal Justice News

Report: Deadly heat remains concern at Texas prisons

Jul. 14, 2022 19:05 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Amid a summer heat wave that has pushed temperatures in some Texas prisons without air conditioning to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius), many inmates fear dying or falling gravely ill from the hot weather and believe actions taken by officials to mitigate the dangerous...

Judge: Execution can't proceed without religious requests

Jul. 06, 2022 16:47 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge has issued a temporary order telling Texas prison officials that they can carry out next week’s scheduled execution of a death row inmate only if they grant all of his religious accommodations, including allowing his spiritual adviser to hold his hand when he...