Robert Roberson is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to examine “shaken baby syndrome” and the state of forensic science.
Delays in dispatching the alert system mean that some children fall between the cracks.
We keep putting convicts away. And lawmakers want those numbers to rise.
She Got 99 Years in Prison for a Crime She Didn’t Commit. Nearly 20 Years Later, Rosa Jimenez Has Been Exonerated.
The new grandmother, in need of a new kidney, says all she wants is a normal life.
The second teen has pleaded to criminal mischief charges. Both face two years of probation.
On the series finale, a killer builds his new life on borrowed time, and people in Stephenville must confront a difficult truth.
In his own words, the man who killed Susan Woods looks back on the choices he says led him to become a "monster."
A 16-year-old assault survivor tells investigators of her attacker's chilling confession.
Armed with new forensic technology, Don Miller takes up the case and gets a break — one that raises even more questions about what happened to Susan Woods.
One thousand miles from Stephenville, a cloud of suspicion settles over one man.
In the first episode of the Texas Monthly true crime podcast, a father makes a tragic discovery, and an investigator gets to work.
Executive editor Michael Hall’s piece on the Fifth Circuit was nominated for the prestigious award back in March.
Host Nancy Miller sits down with Elizabeth Olsen in the final episode of the series to take a deeper look at who Candy Montgomery was in the aftermath of her trial.
In Fort Worth, true crime–obsessed citizen detectives have banded together to dig up new evidence for their pet cases.
Governor Greg Abbott wants to overrule a jury’s conviction of Daniel Perry, who murdered a man at a Black Lives Matter protest in 2020.
After 28 men and women died in custody last year, officials are throwing money at the overcrowded facility. Advocates for inmates say reforms are needed.
Those in the office that prosecuted him agree the soft-spoken Native American did not murder a priest back in 1981. His case is back before a district court judge.
Texas Jails Are Crowded, Understaffed, and Dangerous. The Legislature Is Poised to Send Them More Inmates.
Two bipartisan bills would make it easier for judges to incarcerate defendants before trial. Criminologists say that’s bad for public safety.
A bill would require that detention centers house kids based on the sex listed on their birth certificates, contradicting federal guidelines.
For many women inside Texas prisons, a crumb of color—such as a red ribbon or a floral postage stamp—is against the rules, but worth the potential risk.
Decades before the recent police violence in Memphis, a brutally beaten Latino man was tossed by officers into a Houston bayou and drowned. The protests that followed continue to echo in the city to this day.
The cofounder of the Innocence Project of Texas set a model for working with state agencies to investigate potential wrongful convictions.
In 1983 James Reyos was convicted of murder in Odessa, despite having an airtight alibi. Four decades later, he’s still fighting to clear his name.
The writer of an oddball 2016 crime story recalls emailing with an accountant who skimmed $17 million from Corsicana’s Collin Street Bakery.
Texas’s elite police agency has evolved from a frontier organization to one famed for its expert interrogators. But some high-profile cases have tarnished that reputation.
Opinion: Lethal Injection Was Once Considered a “Less Barbaric” Form of Execution. Now It’s Clear It’s Inhumane.
After what’s been deemed “the year of the botched execution,” Texas should end the practice.
The career criminal was found dead after a two-day manhunt in East Texas. A writer recalls reporting on the circumstances of Haynes’s death.
Ortiz was found guilty of capital murder this week. In 2019, Texas Monthly reported on the string of murders targeting sex workers in Laredo.
The Munns became a national curiosity after five of them were indicted for participating in the insurrection. But the full scope of their malignant behavior is little known—including to the federal prosecutors tasked with investigating their crimes.
Pamela Colloff reflects on her 2010 story about the shoddy police work and prosecutorial misconduct that put an innocent man on death row.
Austin attorney Jamie Balagia, a.k.a. “the Dude,” thought that he’d finally hit the big time. Then everything fell apart.
During a Summer of Record Heat, Many Prisoners in Texas Struggled to Make It Through the Day Without AC
Seventy percent of Texas prisons do not have AC, except for a small number of ill and elderly inmates, an issue that the Legislature has repeatedly punted on.
In 1982, Dick J. Reavis chronicled the first government-led lethal injection in world history—and the last moments of Charlie Brooks's life.
A New Book Exposes the Junk Science That Leads to Wrongful Convictions. Its Unlikely Hero Is a Texan.
On Wednesday in Austin, the head of the Texas Forensic Science Commission will interview the author of the latest forensic-science takedown.
Pediatric nurse Genene Jones may have murdered "up to sixty" babies in the 1980s. It took three more decades to ensure she'd stay locked up for life.
Some Refugio County locals say it was “kids being kids.” For others, the incident has reopened old wounds.
When a homeowner shot and killed a police officer in Midland, the court case that followed pitted two core Texas values against each other.
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether John Henry Ramirez, a Texan convicted of murder, is entitled to have his pastor by his side when he’s executed.
Texas will put only three inmates to death in 2021. So much for our hang-’em-high reputation.
The wild times of a gentle roughneck who beat the Texas criminal-justice system.
A Brazoria County District Clerk Sorted Jurors by Race. A Black Man Convicted Under Her System Wants a New Trial.
The first defendant to request a new trial because of Rhonda Barchak’s system had a hearing last week.
Texas was once a model of how to safely and economically move away from mass incarceration. Now the old politics of “law and order” are back.
In 1981 three Black teenagers drowned while in law enforcement custody during a Juneteenth gathering at Lake Mexia. Four decades later, Texas’s proudest Emancipation Day celebration still hasn’t recovered.
And 18 months after the police, district attorney, and trial judge all declared the Houston man innocent.
Seventeen years after Floyd’s arrest by a notorious Houston cop, his family is seeking a pardon.
In El Paso, Joining Border Patrol Offers a Rare Path to Financial Security. But for Some Immigrant Kids, It’s Complicated.
The new documentary ‘At the Ready’ follows the members of Horizon High School’s criminal justice club as they train for Border Patrol careers—and grapple with what that means.
Maurice Chammah’s “Let the Lord Sort Them” is a searing history of the rise and fall of capital punishment.
One morning in late January 2019, Rhogena Nicholas texted a prayer to her mother, Jo Ann Nicholas, just as she did every day. A widow in her eighties, Jo Ann could no longer make the four-hour drive from Natchitoches, Louisiana, to visit her daughter and her son-in-law, Dennis Tuttle, at
Did Melissa Lucio, the First Hispanic Woman on Death Row in Texas, Kill Her Daughter? An Uneven New Documentary Raises More Questions Than Answers.
‘The State of Texas vs. Melissa’ creates empathy for Lucio, but the film lacks a clear and balanced exposition of the deeply troubling facts of the case.
This Lawyer Works to Free Incarcerated Victims of the War on Drugs. It All Started With Her Mom’s Arrest.
In a blistering memoir, attorney Brittany K. Barnett explores the traumatic aftermath of the war on drugs.