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Jenny’s Law Adds Witness Protection, and District Attorney Kim Ogg, Answers your Questions

Posted on · Harris County crime victims have more protection now. That’s because of legislation Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed earlier this month. Jenny’s Law is named in honor of a rape survivor who was held in the Harris County Jail in 2015 to ensure her testimony. The law goes into effect Sept 1. We talk with Harris […]

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‘Jenny’s Law’ Protects Rape Victims, and DA Kim Ogg Fields Questions: Thursday’s Show (June 15, 2017)

Posted on · Harris County crime victims have more protection now. That’s because of legislation Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed earlier this month. Jenny’s Law is named in honor of a rape survivor who was held in the Harris County Jail in 2015 to ensure her testimony. The law goes into effect Sept 1. On this edition of […]

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Organization Reintegrates Gang Members into Society Using Mentors

Posted on · This week (March 30-April 1, 2017), the Rothko Chapel is hosting a symposium on issues related to criminal justice. The event is called An Act of Justice: Undoing the Legacy of Mass Incarceration and focuses on the harmful effects of mass incarceration on individuals, families, communities and the nation. There will be workshops, panels and […]

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New Leader in City of Houston’s Office for Disabilities, and Writer Lindy West: Tuesday’s Show (March 28, 2017)

Posted on · Mayor Sylvester Turner recently announced that Maria Town will head the Office for People with Disabilities. Town previously served as the disability community liaison for the Obama Administration’s Office of Public Engagement. On this edition of Houston Matters, Maggie Martin talks with her about her previous national experience and what she hopes to accomplish here in Houston. […]

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UHD Students Helps Former Inmates Transition Back into Society

Posted on · A program out of the University of Houston-Downtown’s Criminal Justice program trains and deploys students to help former inmates transition back into society. We talk with Shaun Sanchez and Bianca Serna, a couple of the students who’ll work with returning citizens. (Above: L-R UHD students  Shaun Sanchez and Bianca Serna. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)

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Voting on the Astrodome Plan, and Houston’s New Drug Policy: Monday’s Show (Feb. 27, 2017)

Posted on · Earlier this month (Feb. 14, 2017), Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said the county’s putting on hold a comprehensive study of facilities at the NRG complex, including NRG Stadium, NRG Arena, and – yep – the Astrodome. Why? Because state lawmakers may take up a bill this session that would require Harris County voters to approve […]

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How Will the DA’s Office of Professional Integrity Work?

Posted on · Last month, new Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg named Judge David Mendoza to lead a newly created Office of Professional Integrity. Just what will this office do? We ask Judge Mendoza. Ogg created the office in the wake of the previous DA’s office receiving criticism over a number of things, including: the improper disposal of evidence […]

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Determining Economic Impact and ‘Snap Judgment’ Host Glynn Washington: Monday’s Show (February 20, 2017)

Posted on · When Houston hosted Super Bowl 51 earlier this month, we heard a lot about the economic impact it would have on the area. A firm hired by the Super Bowl committee estimated the benefit would be something like $350 million coming into the local economy. Meanwhile, amid belt-tightening in Austin, the state’s public libraries are […]

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Harris County Jail Issues Loom Large In Race For Sheriff

Posted on · In the race for Harris County Sheriff, both the incumbent, Sheriff Ron Hickman, and his challenger, Ed Gonzalez, agree there are serious problems with the Harris County Jail. But they differ on how to address them. Much is being said about what’s wrong with the local lockup, so News 88.7’s Florian Martin decided to take a […]