Maurice Chammah

Streamlining the Quest to Overturn Wrongful Convictions

Apr 21, 2014 By Maurice Chammah

The Innocence Project of Texas receives thousands of letters each year from prison inmates proclaiming their innocence. So do a number of other innocence clinics around the state, which is why the Lubbock-based nonprofit wants to establish a single system for screening letters.

Going Secular at SXSW

Mar 19, 2014 By Maurice Chammah

The band Gungor is using the festival to broaden its fan base outside the churches where it made its name. Can it escape the stigma of Christian rock without alienating its devoted followers?

Criminal Justice
Sitting in Legal Purgatory

Dec 3, 2013 By Maurice Chammah

Jerry Duane Martin killed a correctional officer as he tried breaking out of prison, and tonight he will be executed. But the man who tried escaping with him, and who some believe is also culpable for the officer's death, hasn't been convicted of the six-year-old crime.

Not Your Typical Hell House

Oct 30, 2013 By Maurice Chammah

Like many churches across the nation, Bethel Church, in Temple, produces a hell house, a faith-based haunted house. These houses draw severe criticism for stoking the culture wars, but Bethel's leaders want to be open and tolerant in their messaging. Are they succeeding?