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Overseeing Sex Offenders, Phobias, and The Wheel Workers: Houston Matters for Thursday, June 26, 2014

The state agency overseeing the most violent sex offenders in Texas is being reorganized. The previous head of the Office of Violent Sex Offender Management resigned last month after coming under fire for a decision to relocate more than two dozen high-risk offenders into the Acres Home neighborhood in north Houston without advance notice to residents […]

The state agency overseeing the most violent sex offenders in Texas is being reorganized. The previous head of the Office of Violent Sex Offender Management resigned last month after coming under fire for a decision to relocate more than two dozen high-risk offenders into the Acres Home neighborhood in north Houston without advance notice to residents or area lawmakers.

The agency is responsible for overseeing about 300 sex offenders who are kept in state custody because of the severity of their crimes. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with the new executive director of the agency. Then we talk with the Chair of the Council on Sex Offender Treatment. The Council is responsible for setting the standards of practice for sex offender treatment providers in Texas.

Also this hour: Houstonian phobias. We explore some of the common fears that Houstonians have, which might make living here a bit more challenging. (Think traffic and claustrophobia).

Plus: Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin meets the Houston indie rock band The Wheel Workers. Their latest album is Past to Present. They’ll perform in our studio, and discuss how the music scene in H-town is changing.

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