Good, Bad and Ugly

Reopening Outlying Jails and Planned Parenthood Sues: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston 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: Harris […]

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Forum Examines Affects of Drug Enforcement Policies

Posted on · Rice University's Baker Institute recently hosted a conversation examining the affects of drug enforcement policies on society and looking at drug policies in Harris County. Elected officials and drug policy specialists with a background in law enforcement participated in the discussion, moderated by Katharine Neill, a postdoctoral fellow in drug policy at the Baker Institute. […]

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Who Picks Up Stray Horses, Cattle and Zebras in Harris County?

Posted on · About 30 minutes north of Houston, in Atascocita, tucked behind the Harris County Fire Marshal's office and the training academy is the Sheriff's Livestock Office. On any given day, you can find a stray horse, some cattle or even a zebra enclosed in their pens. Edel Howlin went out to the Harris County Sheriff's Livestock […]

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Sheriff Hickman Defends Changes in Jail Oversight

Posted on · Sheriff Ron Hickman was recently criticized for reducing internal jail inspectors and disbanding a proactive internal affairs squad at the Harris County Jail. The Harris County Sheriff’s office has said that these changes could actually speed up investigations, and the reassignment of inspectors will put more responsibility on first-line jail supervisors. And these are just […]

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Investigation Leads to Revamp of the Process for Screening Law Enforcement for Mental Health Issues

Posted on · People seeking to become law enforcement officers — and those who already are — often have to pass psychological evaluations to make sure they’re fit for duty. For some time, the Harris County Sherriff's Office — as well as several other law enforcement agencies in Greater Houston — have contracted with one woman to conduct […]

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Seat Belts on Buses and Heights Preservation: Thursday’s Show (December 3, 2015)

Posted on · Months after a fatal school bus wreck, HISD’s board approved a policy requiring three-point seat belts in any new school buses the district buys. The decision came on the heels of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changing its stance on seat belt use. The NHTSA now says all school buses should have three-point belts, […]

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