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Full Show: Bail Reform Lawsuit, And Parental Incarceration (Feb. 1, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: We discuss a lawsuit over bail reform in Harris County. We learn how children are affected when their parents are incarcerated. A historian explains how migration to Houston before World War II changed notions of race here. And a witness to the 1947 Texas City disaster shares his story.

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Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez Still Assessing ‘Responsible’ Way to End 287(g)

Posted on · Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says he’s still assessing all the factors and possible fallout involved in potentially ending the county’s cooperation with the controversial 287(g) program. The program allows local law enforcement to transfer inmates with criminal records who are undocumented immigrants over to federal authorities. Gonzalez campaigned on ending the program, and critics […]

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Will a Harris County Bail Lawsuit Go to the Supreme Court?

Posted on · Last Thursday (Aug. 18, 2016) the initial hearing on a lawsuit filed against Harris County over its bail system took place in U.S. District Court. The lawsuit alleges the county’s bail system is unconstitutional because it jails poor offenders for minor offenses who can’t make even small bail payments. Bail bondsmen, as you might imagine, […]