Houston Matters

Jenny’s Law Adds Witness Protection, and District Attorney Kim Ogg, Answers your Questions

Posted on · Harris County crime victims have more protection now. That’s because of legislation Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed earlier this month. Jenny’s Law is named in honor of a rape survivor who was held in the Harris County Jail in 2015 to ensure her testimony. The law goes into effect Sept 1. We talk with Harris […]

Houston Matters

Decreased Fear of Crime and Growing LGBT Support Highlight Annual Houston Survey

Posted on · Fear of crime is declining in Houston. More people want to live in walkable neighborhoods with a mix of residences, workplaces and shopping. And there’s continued growth in support for LGBT rights. Those are just a few takeaways from the 36th annual Houston Area Survey from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. The survey is […]

Houston Matters

Understanding How Statistics Are Interpreted – And Sometimes Manipulated

Posted on · There’s been a lot of rhetoric in recent years in political ranks about violent crime — homicides, assaults, shootings, stabbings, etc. Depending on your sources of news, you might have the impression that the world is a constantly dangerous place to be feared. And in some corners, in some circumstances, perhaps it is. But has […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

New Rules for the Homeless, and Gov. Abbott’s Gang Plan: The Good, Bad and the Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on […]

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Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, and The Good, Bad and Ugly of the News: Friday’s Show (February 10, 2017)

Posted on · Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says he’s still assessing all the factors and possible fallout involved in potentially ending the county’s cooperation with the controversial 287(g) program. The program allows local law enforcement to transfer inmates with criminal records who are undocumented immigrants over to federal authorities. Gonzalez campaigned on ending the program, and critics […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Renaming Dowling Street, and Houston’s Murder Rate: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of The News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on […]