Houston Matters

Full Show: Accountability For Environmental Incidents, And Hearing From All Sides (May 20, 2019)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: Calls for accountability following chemical incidents, improving scientific literacy, hearing from all sides of an issue, and Houston sports.

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Full Show: Marijuana Diversion Program, And The Early Days Of AIDS (Dec. 1, 2017)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: We check in on Harris County's marijuana diversion program. Then, AIDS survivors and advocates share their stories. Also, we discuss The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news. And author Anton DiSclafani talks about her book, The After Party.

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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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How Should the Law Treat Repeat Drunk Drivers?

Posted on · We’ve previously discussed on our program how pervasive drunk driving is in Harris County and ways in which law enforcement and courts are trying to crack down. But what do we do about repeat DWI offenders — those who, after initial interactions with law enforcement and the court system and despite whatever punishments are handed […]

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How Did a Rape Victim End Up Jailed — and How Can Similar Instances Be Prevented?

Posted on · Last December (2015), a rape victim was housed for nearly a month at the Harris County Jail in order to ensure she would testify against a serial rapist who assaulted her. The prosecutor concluded it was the only viable option after she suffered a mental breakdown on the witness stand and said she would not […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Criminal Justice Reform and Pokémon NO! The Good, Bad & Ugly of This Week’s News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. On this edition, we discuss a coalition […]