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The Office of Violent Sex Offender Management is a mess says its new director. From a woeful work environment to a lack of basic managerial oversight, critics are lambasting the program.  The program is tasked with overseeing the civil commitments of the worst sex offenders who have served their time but remain a risk.

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The Bexar County public defender's office has been accused of having no leadership or management by a current appellate public defender.

A Texan man on death row who was scheduled to be the nation’s first execution since the botched lethal injection in Oklahoma has been granted a stay. The US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals halted Robert James Campbell’s execution based on an IQ score taken in 1982.

Campbell came within hours of being executed, but the U5th Circuit believed there was sufficient evidence to prove Campbell would’ve been labeled intellectually disabled  if certain pieces of evidence hadn’t been withheld during his original trial.

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The complication-laden execution of Clayton Lockett, an Oklahoma death-row inmate, last week had everyone from President Obama to the U.N. High Commission on Human Rights weighing in on the tragic and torturous event.

Following a botched execution in Oklahoma, anti-death penalty groups and attorneys are once again calling on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to provide full transparency in the state's execution process.

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