Death penalty

Perry Report Card: Criminal Justice

Jun 10, 2014 By andrea valdez

Yesterday, when we unveiled the cover of our July issue featuring Rick Perry, we also told you about “The Perry Report Card,” an upcoming magazine feature where, as the title suggests, we graded the tenure of the governor on eight areas of public policy. We invited you to weigh…

The Many Lives of a Death Drug

Jun 9, 2014 By Maurice Chammah

The State of Texas uses pentobarbital for lethal injections, a drug with a long and complicated history. But the question everyone wants answered remains: Is it a painless way to die?

It’s Spelled Y’all, Y’all.

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

If there’s one thing Texans love more than saying y’all, it’s a good argument. Texas Monthly readers react to the Department of Criminal Justice’s use of “ya’ll” instead of “y’all.”

Texas Executes Tenth Man of 2012

Jan 21, 2013 By Ross Dubois

Jonathan Green was put to death Wednesday for the 2000 murder of a 12-year-old girl, but his lawyers maintained until the end that their client was mentally ill and thus unsuitable for execution.

Texas Executes Eighth Man of 2012

Jan 21, 2013 By Sonia Smith

Robert Wayne Harris, who was convicted of killing five people at a car wash in Irving, was executed by Texas after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to stay his execution.

Innocence Lost

Jan 20, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

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?

Searching for Truth

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Pamela Colloff talks about reporting on an eighteen-year-old murder case and interviewing Anthony Graves, who was sent to death row for the crime.

Tenacious P

Jan 20, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

If it’s something you’d just as soon not think about, chances are Pamela Colloff has written about it for TEXAS MONTHLY. Here is a partial list of the subjects she’s covered since coming to work at the magazine thirteen years ago: murder, arson, abortion, heroin addiction, hate crimes, illegal immigration,…

Justice in Time

Mar 31, 2012 By Michael Hall

Fifteen years after being released from death row, Kerry Max Cook is still looking for freedom.