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Prisons, Queso and Pints: Houston Matters Weekend for Dec. 17, 2016

Posted on · A recent report from the U.S. Department of Education says over the past three decades, state and local spending on prisons and jails has risen more than three times faster than spending on elementary and secondary education. The disparities are far greater in Texas, where prison spending grew at nearly eight times the rate of […]

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How the ‘Ban the Box’ Movement Hopes to Improve Job Prospects for Ex-Convicts

Posted on · It has long been common practice in hiring to ask prospective employees if they have been convicted of a crime. In fact, it’s a question you’ll typically find on many job applications. But some would like to see that change, to “ban the box” applicants must check if they have a criminal conviction. The hope […]