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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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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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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 […]

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Hickman and Ellis Discuss Preventing Deaths in the Harris County Jail

Posted on · The Houston Chronicle recently reported that there have been five deaths in the last year at the Harris County Jail during Sheriff Ron Hickman’s tenure. The most recent death — due to head trauma — happened while the inmate was being processed in a holding cell. The incident has sparked an inquiry from the U.S Department of […]

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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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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 a […]

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Do Prisoners Receive Adequate Mental Health Treatment While Incarcerated?

Posted on · A recent study finds not enough prisoners receive adequate mental health treatment while incarcerated. We talk with the study’s author, Dr. Jennifer Reingle from the Division of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at the UTHealth School of Public Health. We also hear from Harris County Jail Medical Director Dr. Michael Seale about protocols for treatment […]