Article appeared on VICE.com The Texas cop who allegedly hired a hitman to kill his pregnant girlfriend and then fled to Indonesia was brought back to the United States on […]
America has been fixated lately on the tragic deaths of black men and women at the hands of cops and in police custody, triggering what might be unprecedented scrutiny of […]
Article originally appeared at VICE.com If it seems perfectly normal lately for American cops to shoot and kill unarmed suspects, it’s still news when a judge decides to start running […]
An investigation by a Mexican magazine into the disappearance of 43 students in September suggests the country’s federal police had a hand in the horrific affair.
Original article appeared at VICE.com On November 27, 2007, a series of phone calls cut a congressional session in Mexico City short. The lower chamber of Congress was meeting when, […]
With attention focused on other aspects of immigration reform, the federal government has quietly gone on a massive immigrant prison building spree. Since 1999, the Bureau of Prisons has contracted for the operation of 13 for-profit private prisons located mostly in isolated towns far from the prying eyes of activists, prisoner’s families or attorneys. Five are located in Texas. Run by three private companies, these 13 “criminal alien requirement” prisons, as the BOP calls them, house one of America’s fastest-growing prison populations: immigrants in federal custody, many convicted for the crime of illegally crossing the border. The 13 facilities collectively house more than 25,000 immigrant prisoners at a cost to US taxpayers estimated at $1bn a year.
A foreign oil company convicted of polluting a Texas community’s air with dangerous chemicals has gotten off easy in a criminal case that could undercut the prosecution of environmental crimes in the United States. The case revolves around Venezuelan-owned Citgo Petroleum’s decade-long violation of the federal Clean Air Act at its refinery in Corpus Christi.