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Behind the Walls

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Behind the Walls

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Behind the Walls is an insider view beyond the razor wire and red tape of the Texas criminal justice system. Chronicle reporter and ex-con Keri Blakinger and former Texas prisons union president Lance Lowry explore jails, prisons, and the darkest places in criminal justice.

Latest Episodes

An alias, an armed robbery and a decade on the run

Waymond Hall spent ten years of his life on the run from the law. He’d grown up poor, with a father in prison - but seemed poised for a better life until he committed an armed robbery and became a fugitive. But on the DL he rebuilt his life, found a...

27 minFEB 27
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An alias, an armed robbery and a decade on the run

Talking rats, records and reporting with Pam Colloff, aka 'the best damn writer in Texas'

In , Texas crime writing legend Pamela Colloff delved into the shadowy world of the con artist and jailhouse snitch whose testimony put four men on death row. In this episode, listen in as reporter and podcast host Keri Blakinger asks the Austin-based...

36 min2019 DEC 24
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Talking rats, records and reporting with Pam Colloff, aka 'the best damn writer in Texas'

Women, trauma, and the quest for a new jail in Austin

For the most part, prisons and jails are built for men. But as much as the carceral system fails them, experts say it might fail women even more. That's why some jails are shifting to a "gender-responsive" model, paying attention to women's needs and...

25 min2019 DEC 9
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Women, trauma, and the quest for a new jail in Austin

Yoga, Buddha and death row: An interview with 'Texas 7' prisoner Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy is a death row prisoner, one of the notorious Texas 7 - a group of men who escaped from a maximum security unit and ended up killing a cop. In this interview, he talks about his stay, his legal case, his regret and how he became a...

26 min2019 NOV 11
Comments
Yoga, Buddha and death row: An interview with 'Texas 7' prisoner Patrick Murphy

Someday, you'll be Prison Famous

Before he became a big-time honky tonk musician, Texas Joe Bailey did state jail time. He sat down with his guitar and podcast cohosts Keri Blakinger and Lance Lowry to talk about how he ended up in prison, how he turned it around afterward - and what...

33 min2019 OCT 4
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Someday, you'll be Prison Famous

Color, death and progressive prosecutors: Talking criminal justice with Emily Bazelon

Keri Blakinger talks with attorney and New York Times Magazine writer Emily Bazelon about progressive prosecutors, and what it means to be one. Can a district attorney who seeks death sentences still be considered progressive? Does progressive...

27 min2019 AUG 30
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Color, death and progressive prosecutors: Talking criminal justice with Emily Bazelon

Two days till execution: Death row interview with Larry Swearingen

Larry Ray Swearingen, a Texas death row prisoner, is scheduled for execution on Aug. 21, 2019. It's the sixth time the state has tried to put him to death in the two decades since he was convicted of killing Melissa Trotter. So far, he's always...

30 min2019 AUG 20
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Two days till execution: Death row interview with Larry Swearingen

A 'sinking submarine': Two reporters take a deep dive into jail medical care

Co-host Keri Blakinger chats with CNN reportersand, whojust finished investigating the troubled track record of a massive, privatizedjail healthcare provider that's been sued for more than 70 inmate deaths.

26 min2019 JUL 24
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A 'sinking submarine': Two reporters take a deep dive into jail medical care

Bill Savoie's Second Chance Story

Bill Savoie joins Keri Blakinger to talk about his life before he started practicing law. Once upon a time, the now-respected parole attorney did prison time - and on this episode of Behind the Walls, he talks for the first time about the journey from...

32 min2019 JUL 19
Comments
Bill Savoie's Second Chance Story

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way From the Strip Club: A Texas Lege Wrap-up

With the Texas legislative session in the rearview mirror, Behind the Walls cohosts Keri Blakinger and Lance Lowry sat down with Dallas Morning News reporter Lauren McGaughy to talk through the criminal justice wins and (mostly) losses this year. Some...

31 min2019 JUN 6
Comments
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way From the Strip Club: A Texas Lege Wrap-up

Latest Episodes

An alias, an armed robbery and a decade on the run

Waymond Hall spent ten years of his life on the run from the law. He’d grown up poor, with a father in prison - but seemed poised for a better life until he committed an armed robbery and became a fugitive. But on the DL he rebuilt his life, found a...

27 minFEB 27
Comments
An alias, an armed robbery and a decade on the run

Talking rats, records and reporting with Pam Colloff, aka 'the best damn writer in Texas'

In , Texas crime writing legend Pamela Colloff delved into the shadowy world of the con artist and jailhouse snitch whose testimony put four men on death row. In this episode, listen in as reporter and podcast host Keri Blakinger asks the Austin-based...

36 min2019 DEC 24
Comments
Talking rats, records and reporting with Pam Colloff, aka 'the best damn writer in Texas'

Women, trauma, and the quest for a new jail in Austin

For the most part, prisons and jails are built for men. But as much as the carceral system fails them, experts say it might fail women even more. That's why some jails are shifting to a "gender-responsive" model, paying attention to women's needs and...

25 min2019 DEC 9
Comments
Women, trauma, and the quest for a new jail in Austin

Yoga, Buddha and death row: An interview with 'Texas 7' prisoner Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy is a death row prisoner, one of the notorious Texas 7 - a group of men who escaped from a maximum security unit and ended up killing a cop. In this interview, he talks about his stay, his legal case, his regret and how he became a...

26 min2019 NOV 11
Comments
Yoga, Buddha and death row: An interview with 'Texas 7' prisoner Patrick Murphy

Someday, you'll be Prison Famous

Before he became a big-time honky tonk musician, Texas Joe Bailey did state jail time. He sat down with his guitar and podcast cohosts Keri Blakinger and Lance Lowry to talk about how he ended up in prison, how he turned it around afterward - and what...

33 min2019 OCT 4
Comments
Someday, you'll be Prison Famous

Color, death and progressive prosecutors: Talking criminal justice with Emily Bazelon

Keri Blakinger talks with attorney and New York Times Magazine writer Emily Bazelon about progressive prosecutors, and what it means to be one. Can a district attorney who seeks death sentences still be considered progressive? Does progressive...

27 min2019 AUG 30
Comments
Color, death and progressive prosecutors: Talking criminal justice with Emily Bazelon

Two days till execution: Death row interview with Larry Swearingen

Larry Ray Swearingen, a Texas death row prisoner, is scheduled for execution on Aug. 21, 2019. It's the sixth time the state has tried to put him to death in the two decades since he was convicted of killing Melissa Trotter. So far, he's always...

30 min2019 AUG 20
Comments
Two days till execution: Death row interview with Larry Swearingen

A 'sinking submarine': Two reporters take a deep dive into jail medical care

Co-host Keri Blakinger chats with CNN reportersand, whojust finished investigating the troubled track record of a massive, privatizedjail healthcare provider that's been sued for more than 70 inmate deaths.

26 min2019 JUL 24
Comments
A 'sinking submarine': Two reporters take a deep dive into jail medical care

Bill Savoie's Second Chance Story

Bill Savoie joins Keri Blakinger to talk about his life before he started practicing law. Once upon a time, the now-respected parole attorney did prison time - and on this episode of Behind the Walls, he talks for the first time about the journey from...

32 min2019 JUL 19
Comments
Bill Savoie's Second Chance Story

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way From the Strip Club: A Texas Lege Wrap-up

With the Texas legislative session in the rearview mirror, Behind the Walls cohosts Keri Blakinger and Lance Lowry sat down with Dallas Morning News reporter Lauren McGaughy to talk through the criminal justice wins and (mostly) losses this year. Some...

31 min2019 JUN 6
Comments
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way From the Strip Club: A Texas Lege Wrap-up
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