Christine Bolaños covers human interest, social & criminal justice, education & business issues for international, national & local outlets. IWMF Fellow-El Salvador. NAHJ Austin VP-Print. Bilingual.
Anthony Graves emerged from solitary confinement over six years ago to become a national crusader for justice reform, but it took a recent report by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin to add new urgency to his campaign to reform the practice in his own state.
Graves spent more than 18 years in the Texas prison system, including 16 years in the all-solitary Allan B. Polunksy Unit, after being convicted for murders that he didn’t commit. He was released in 2010 after DNA evidence helped exonerate him—but the trauma of his nearly two decades behind bars is with him still.
Next week, Texas legislators will begin examining a package of bills aimed at cooling off the strained relations between cops and civilians, after a year in which the state suffered the deadliest attack on law enforcement in America since 9/11.