Jim Atkinson

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Cattle Call

Trial by jury is a right most people charged with a crime never get to exercise. Instead, they accept a quicker, less risky alternative: the plea bargain.

The Cons Next Door

To unjam its prisons, Texas is moving convicted felons out of the big house and into a house on your block.

The Lord’s Work

Rusty Hardin is a prosecutor. Most of the time, his job is to put people in jail. This time, he wants a man dead.

The Lord’s Work

Rusty Hardin is a prosecutor. Most of the time, his job is to put people in jail. This time, he wants a man dead.

The Box

Used correctly, the polygraph can tell whether or not an accused criminal’s claim that he didn’t do it is true. Too bad the police can’t take that to court.

The Box

Used correctly, the polygraph can tell whether or not an accused criminal’s claim that he didn’t do it is true. Too bad the police can’t take that to court.

The Proving Ground

Probation gives criminals a chance to show society that they can stay straight. Probation officers like Jan Purdom believe the system works.

The Proving Ground

Probation gives criminals a chance to show society that they can stay straight. Probation officers like Jan Purdom believe the system works.

The Ragged Edge

Soon there won’t be anyone left who wants to be a cop.

The Ragged Edge

Soon there won’t be anyone left who wants to be a cop.

How Safe Are You?

Rating the police departments of Texas’ major cities.

Daddy’s Gone to Jail

Sometimes prison is harder for the people on the other side of the bars.

The Bar Bar

It’s a noble institution, especially if you can master all its subtle skills: not being there, the second call, holding forth, and another thing…

The Bar Bar

It’s a noble institution, especially if you can master all its subtle skills: not being there, the second call, holding forth, and another thing…

The 89 Greatest Texas Bars

No Matter where you are, there’s someplace to be nowhere.

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