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Special Edition: Criminal Justice Reporter Keri Blakinger and TDCJ’s Jeremy Desel

We delve into how COVID-19 is affecting the Texas prison population.


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Our special edition of Houston Matters weekdays at 3 p.m. addresses your questions and concerns about important issues affecting the community.

In the first segment, host Ernie Manouse is joined by Jeremy Desel, director of communications for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a former reporter for KHOU. They discuss the current situation with COVID-19 outbreaks in Texas prisons.

Then, Ernie is joined by Keri Blakinger, a criminal justice reporter for The Marshall Project (a non-profit journalism organization). Blakinger delves deeper into the problems facing prison populations and how COVID-19 is exposing issues and areas where improvement is needed.

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Troy Schulze

Troy Schulze

Producer, Houston Matters

Troy Schulze is a producer for Houston Matters. He also produces the podcast Party Politics and the digital video series Skyline Sessions. Schulze has been working as a writer and producer in digital media for over 20 years. He has received three Emmy nominations for his work on the TV...

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