Two groups interested in criminal justice reform are calling for a closer look at the state’s prison system in light of Gov. Rick Perry’s refusal to abide by a law known as the Prison Rape Elimination Act, or PREA.

In Thursday’s Capital Tonight, we heard why the Prison Justice League and the Texas Civil Rights Project say Perry’s decision is putting juvenile inmates at risk. Plus, we checked in on new developments involving UT Regent Wallace Hall, the U.S. secretary of veterans affairs and more.


At the State Capitol, lawmakers on the County Affairs Committee dug into the details of health care costs and how more cooperation among regional stakeholders is helping to keep them down while drawing in federal funding. We spoke to the chairman of that committee, Rep. Garnet Coleman, about how those efforts are going.


Political strategists Harold Cook and Ted Delisi joined us to react to the day’s political news, including an awkward request involving the governor’s attorney, a judge and the Travis County district attorney.