No matter how annoying many people are with their cellphones, we can't stop them because it's illegal to jam radio signals. Cellphones smuggled to prison inmates are also a serious problem, but the Lufkin News reports Texas prisons are getting electronic help to fight cell phone calls -- legally.
In just one more sign that today's prisons are not your grandfather's prisons where inmates only made license plates, Texas prisons have been turned into factories where inmates get training for all kinds of jobs on the outside, including high-tech IT jobs.
Another piece of Texas history is falling under the wrecking ball. The historic arena where the Texas Prison Rodeo was held for more than 50 years is being demolished to make way for...for...who knows what. Something to be decided later.
Update: Within hours of getting a "strong" letter from a powerful state senator, the head of the Texas prison system ordered an end to the practice of giving condemned prisoners anything they want for their "last meal."
State Senator John Whitmire of Houston is Chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, which oversees the state's huge prison system, and when he talks, p