Behind the Walls

Behind the Walls
A discussion of criminal justice in Texas
6: Dope, lies and no videotape
Apr 9 • 23 min
Attorney Mike Doyle represents the family of one of the two people killed in the botched Harding Street drug raid. Here, he talks with Keri Blakinger and her long-time frenemy and fellow reporter St. John Barned-Smith about the failed bust. Doyle tackles…
5: Ashes, reform schools, and the worst Disney Channel movies ever
Mar 29 • 21 min
As a prison reporter, I get some weird things in the mail: dead cockroaches, paint samples, black mold. But this month I got something a lot darker — ashes. Of an inmate I liked. It left me with a lot of questions. Also in this episode: an interview with…
4: Eleven years, 280 executions, one book
Mar 6 • 32 min
In the more than a decade she spent working for the Texas prison system, former spokeswoman Michelle Lyons watched more than 200 men and women put to death in Huntsville. She left the department a few years ago in a swirl of controversy, but last month…
3: Ever been toilet paper-jacked? No? Then you’ve never been in prison.
Jan 31 • 15 min
Prison-beat reporter Keri Blakinger and former prison union chief Lance Lowry compare notes with Florida Times-Union reporter Ben Conarck. They delve into commissary complaints, video visitation and such in the Sunshine State and see how things there…
2: Judge Elsa Alcala: The death penalty in Texas and sticking with the GOP … it’s complicated
Jan 8 • 46 min
In her seven years on the state’s highest criminal court, ex-Judge Elsa Alcala became best known as the voice questioning capital punishment, even in the state most enamored of it. In this Behind the Walls interview, the recently retired judge asks…
1: A first night in prison is not like you imagine — or, why do Texas prisoners eat green hot dogs?
Dec 7, 2018 • 33 min
From the first night in prison to a Thanksgiving spread, join reporter Keri Blakinger and longtime corrections officer Lance Lowry as they talk about life behind bars, untangle stats about the number of so-called “violent” offenders and discuss why,…