At the Giddings State School, violent teenagers come to terms with their horrific crimes—and learn how to avoid committing them again—through role-playing exercises in a jailhouse version of group therapy. This is what your tax dollars are paying for? Well, it works. For a while, at least.
November 1, 2006 | by Katy Vine | Education
During my years as a district attorney, I have sought the death penalty. But does the state need to take a life to make a point?
Anthony Graves has spent the past eighteen years behind bars—twelve of them on death row—for a grisly 1992 murder. There was no plausible motive nor any physical evidence to connect him to the crime, and the only witness against him repeatedly recanted his testimony. Yet he remains locked up. Did the system fail?
October 1, 2010 | by Pamela Colloff | Feature
A small group of committed protesters show up to nearly every execution in Huntsville to exercise their civil rights in what has become a sort of ritual.
Christopher Scott spent nearly thirteen years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. When the state realized its error and exonerated him, he used the money he received for his wrongful conviction to open a men's wear store.