2021-02-22 12:12:00

No Heat or Water, Overflowing Toilets: Texas Prisons Went “from Bad to Dire” in Storm

As winter storms overwhelmed Texas, many incarcerated people in the state went days without heat and water, making already grim conditions behind bars even more intolerable for thousands of people.

Officials say 33 prisons across the state lost power and 20 had water shortages after the state’s electrical grid failed. Staff shortages compounded the problems, and some incarcerated people report not being provided with blankets to keep warm in their freezing cells and being served inedible food.

“Texas prison conditions have gone from bad to dire,” says Marshall Project reporter Keri Blakinger. “Prisons didn’t really have the sort of infrastructure going into all of this that many people do in the free world.”

Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. lOur reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues. 

On DN!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.

Missed an episode?  Check out DN on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.

#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. 

#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling, and online at freespeech.org.

Amy Goodman Democracy Now! Free Speech TV Keri Blakinger Police Brutality Power Outage Prisons Staff Shortages Texas United States Winter Storm

Environment

Mobilized

Friday on Mobilized News Thomas LInzey and Patricia Johnson-Castle

Friday on Mobilized News Thomas LInzey and Patricia Johnson-Castle

Mobilized

This Week On Mobilized: Peter Plastrik

This Week On Mobilized: Peter Plastrik

Rising Up With Sonali

Why Are States Hoarding Welfare Funds From Poor?

Why Are States Hoarding Welfare Funds From Poor?

Rising Up With Sonali

Does the Inflation Reduction Act Help People and the Planet?

Does the Inflation Reduction Act Help People and the Planet?

Democracy Now!

As Rent Soars & Evictions Spike, Will Biden Address Housing Crisis with Same Urgency as Gas Prices?

As Rent Soars & Evictions Spike, Will Biden Address Housing Crisis with Same Urgency as Gas Prices?

Rising Up With Sonali

Did Kansas Prove Ballot Measures Can Restore Abortion Rights?

Did Kansas Prove Ballot Measures Can Restore Abortion Rights?

The Randi Rhodes' Show

More From The Louisville Investigation

More From The Louisville Investigation

The Stephanie Miller Show

Justice is Being Served!

Justice is Being Served!

Related

Democracy Now!

“Political Pawns”: Immigrant Activists Decry Texas Gov. Abbott for Busing Asylum Seekers to NYC

“Political Pawns”: Immigrant Activists Decry Texas Gov. Abbott for Busing Asylum Seekers to NYC

Democracy Now!

Iran Nuclear Deal Appears Within Reach as Negotiators Send “Final Text” to Tehran & Washington

Iran Nuclear Deal Appears Within Reach as Negotiators Send “Final Text” to Tehran & Washington

Democracy Now!

Top U.S. & World Headlines — August 11, 2022

Top U.S. & World Headlines — August 11, 2022

Democracy Now!

Biden to End Trump-Era "Remain in Mexico" Border Policy; Immigrants Face Ongoing Trauma, Separation

Biden to End Trump-Era "Remain in Mexico" Border Policy; Immigrants Face Ongoing Trauma, Separation

Proud Partners