Houston Matters

Full Show: Prison Heat Conditions, And Trees Ordinances (July 20, 2017)

Houston Matters examines a ruling on heat conditions in a prison near Houston, Gov. Abbott’s desire to repeal tree ordinances in cities, and how Houston plant life has changed over the years. Plus Houston Millennials talk about the state of their generation.


On Thursday’s edition of Houston Matters: A federal court is ordering the State of Texas to address summer heat conditions at a prison unit northwest of Houston. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has about two weeks to make a plan, ensuring vulnerable inmates are housed in units less than 88 degrees. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says he plans to appeal the decision. We discuss the ruling, and what changes lie ahead for inmates at this Texas prison unit, with Charles “Rocky” Rhodes, constitutional law professor at South Texas College of Law Houston.

Also this hour: One of the items on Gov. Abbott's agenda for the special session of the Texas Legislature is to repeal tree ordinances in cities, essentially removing a city's authority to regulate trees on private property. Now, the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy is concerned that, should the legislation pass, this will affect many of the trees that survived Hurricane Ike, as well as hinder the replanting efforts that began in 2010. We learn more from Jackie Cole, the organization’s president.

Plus, we learn about how Houston plant life has changed over the years — what's come and gone and how it affects the region today. And the Millennial generation is growing up. Now reaching their 20s and early 30s, Millennials talk about the state of their generation.

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