Five inmates at an East Texas jail have been hospitalized after smoking a synthetic marijuana cigarette that was smuggled into the lockup.
Black eyeliner rings Tyniesha Stephens’ large brown eyes. Her long, dark hair is pulled back in a ponytail, and she excitedly shares pictures of herself in the blonde wig and skirts she dons when she’s not in orange jail garb.
The U.S. Supreme Court has sent the cases of six Texas death row inmates, including one of the infamous “Texas 7″ gang of escapees, back to a lower court for reviews of whether attorneys in the earlier stages of their appeals let them down.
Behind rows of razor wire, metal detectors, security guards and gray metal bars, prison inmate John Umoren put the finishing touches on his bird house, though it is safe to say few birds would dare go near it.
Dental floss may prevent toothaches, but it’s given jailers plenty of headaches. When a group of New York prisoners sued last month to demand access to dental floss, officials said they had to consider “security issues.”
With four months still remaining, 2012 already has become the deadliest year in more than a decade in Texas prisons.
Two men who are facing murder charges have escaped from the Miller County Jail.