Author

Jim Atkinson

Crime |
December 1, 1984

Peddling Paranoia

Selling crime self-help devices has become a booming business. But do any of these gadgets really make us safer?

Reporter |
September 30, 1984

Texas Monthly Reporter

Winners and losers from the Republican convention; a crash course for butlers; biting the bullet in Orange County; the peculiar appeal of the Texas State Guard; a bookie tells his trade secrets.

Reporter |
November 1, 1983

Texas Monthly Reporter

A new era for Texas prisons; a new view of Wichita Falls; a new look, alas, for a Dallas street; a new metropolis in East Texas; a new generation of frat rats.

Crime |
August 31, 1983

Love in the Slammer

Sometimes women fall in love with men behind bars, but once the bars disappear, the love itself may become the prison.

Libations |
April 30, 1983

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...

Crime |
May 31, 1982

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.

Crime |
April 30, 1982

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.

Crime |
November 1, 1981

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.

Crime |
August 31, 1981

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.

Crime |
May 31, 1981

Lock ‘Em Up

Mandatory sentencing means every felon gets the same sentence for the same crime - and for the rest of us it means a lot of crimes that won’t happen.

Crime |
March 1, 1981

Sins of the Fathers

Violence within the family tends not to be taken too seriously by the courts. But eventually that violence will burst loose to threaten us all.