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Articles by Alysia Santo

When an Old Law Makes it Hard to Fix a Troubled Jail

A federal statute from the Carter era favors negotiation, but that can take a long time.

by Alysia Santo, The Marshall Project

The Harris County jail in Houston is among the nation’s largest, and it’s also one of the most deadly. Within the last decade, scores of prisoners have died, often ...

Preying on Prisoners: In Texas, Staffers Rarely go to Jail for Sexually Abusing Inmates

Preying on Prisoners: in Texas, Staffers Rarely go to Jail for Sexually Abusing Inmates

by Alysia Santo, The Marshall Project

As a prison nurse, Domenic Hidalgo had access to prescription medication, a highly coveted commodity among the inmates at the Clements Unit in Texas, the state prison where Hidalgo ...