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Lance Lowry, who recently retired after 20 years as a corrections officer, outside the Huntsville Unit in Texas.
News November 1
Fewer guards lead to more lockdowns, rising tensions and scant access to healthcare.
News March 29
Guards smuggle in most contraband, people who live in or work at prisons say.
At the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, Texas, prisoners have told their families that they have gathered snow into buckets so that they can flush dorm toilets.
News February 19
The deep freeze has been terrible for many Texans, but prisoners have little way to get warm.
News December 13, 2020
But many Texas prisons don’t have working fire alarms.
At Briscoe Unit and many other prisons across Texas, prisoners have defeated locks using tools such as a shoelace and a bar of soap.
News August 11, 2020
In Texas, prisoners are opening their cells to chat—and to riot.
Letters written by Timothy Bazrowx while he was at the Wynne Unit in Huntsville, Texas.
Coronavirus May 2, 2020
Among the many incarcerated people who have died from COVID-19 was Marshall Project contributor Timothy Bazrowx, one of Texas' best chroniclers of prison life.
Women at the Hilltop Unit in Gatesville, Texas, sewed face masks in a video produced by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Coronavirus April 30, 2020
A state spokesman says the system has more than 100,000 N95 masks, but it’s unclear how many have been given to officers or prisoners.
Life Inside January 25, 2018
When a trip to the hospital means spending hours on a cramped bus handcuffed to another prisoner.
Life Inside February 16, 2017
‘I can’t touch him and comfort him.’
This image featuring Benny Medina (drums) appears on the back of the 1972 album "Behind the Walls." Music featured on the record was written and performed by inmates housed for a system-wide contest organized by the Texas Department of Corrections.
Looking Back May 30, 2016
And he played drums in a prison band.