Houston Matters

Walkout at Commissioners Court, and whether bail reform measures are working (Sept. 14, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: We learn why two GOP members of Harris County Commissioners Court boycotted a vote on the county budget. Then, we discuss the latest developments in politics. And new research examines whether Harris County's bail reform measures are working.

Houston Matters

Bail bond reform measure fails, and electric vehicles in Houston (March 11, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: We learn why a measure that would have set a minimum down payment recquired in order to bond out of jail on certain offenses failed to pass, we discuss where the infrastructre stands for electric vehicles in Houston, and we learn about a new exhibit on the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Criminal Justice

The bail bond industry hopes a recent court ruling kills Harris County’s reforms. Supporters don’t see that happening

Posted on · The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that district court judges have sovereign immunity from the sort of suits that led to the consent decree that ended the O’Donnell v. Harris County lawsuit.