Texas Seven --
one of the biggest prison escapes in Texas history.
George Rivas, admitted ringleader of the "Texas 7" is the first
of the escapees to be tried and sentenced in the shooting death
of police Officer Aubrey Hawkins. Rivas' attorneys argued he never
intended to kill Hawkins. Rivas ended his testimony by urging the
jury to sentence him to death, saying he no longer wanted to live
"like an animal" in prison for the rest of his life.
and Incarceration in the US
a punishment to white-collar crime -- White
crime rarely prompts
the outrage or draws the lengthy prison sentences of street crimes.
It leaves no violated or bleeding victim; its perpetrators are often
churchgoing community leaders who stand before the judge wearing
tailored suits and repentant expressions. Yet such financial crimes
can devastate an entire community rather than robbing a lone victim.
Their impact can last for years, stealing crucial services or a
lifetime's savings through crimes invisible to their victims.
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Justice & Injustice
the Arts Behind Bars
by Rachel Marie-Crane Williams, Buzz Alexander