Criminal Justice

An Incarcerated Texan Says He Should Already Be Home. Why Is He Still In Federal Lockup?

Posted on · Under an interpretation of the First Step Act, the federal government has said it does not have to give people so-called "home confinement credits" until 2022.

Politics

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo Blasts Harris County Judges, Leadership In Press Conference After Miami Job Announcement

Posted on · With violent crime increasing in the city, Acevedo called the current criminal justice system in Houston "a failure," blaming judges, the district attorney, and "people who run the county that don’t care enough to actually fight back.”

Criminal Justice

Houston Mayor Turner Looks To Add More Police, Raise Firefighter Pay With Federal Stimulus

Posted on · The mayor said he would add a sixth HPD cadet class in next year's budget to help address a "significant uptick in violence" throughout Houston, and that he would propose the firefighter raise "with or without" input from the union.

Transportation

Federal Highway Administration Asks Texas To Halt I-45 Expansion, As Harris County Sues TxDOT

Posted on · In its letter, the FHWA said it was acting in response to public input on the state's project -- which would widen I-45 in three segments from downtown Houston to Beltway 8 -- raising concerns under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.