Human rights abuses in the context of the imposition of the death penalty in Texas

The Clinic researched the capital punishment system in Texas, publishing a report detailing the chronic overuse of solitary confinement on Texas’ death rows by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDJC).  The report, titled “Designed to Break You: Human Rights Violations on Texas’ Death Rows,” details how TDCJ’s practice of holding prisoners in mandatory solitary confinement from 22 to 24 hours a day, often for decades on end, violates the Constitutional rights of those prisoners and contravenes well-established international standards of human rights.