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Full Show: Which Candidates Will Attend Houston Debate, And How We Define Justice (Aug. 29, 2019)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: We learn who’s eligible for the Houston presidential debate, former judges define justice, a homeowner talks about their recovery two years after Harvey, and a local church takes feeding the hungry to another level.

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Fifth Circuit, Immigration Economics, and Diane Rehm: Monday’s Show (February 22, 2016)

Posted on · Until a new Justice is named and confirmed to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, any rulings resulting in a 4-4 tie among the current Justices will lead to the lower court ruling being upheld, without a precedent set. When it comes to cases involving the state of Texas, that lower […]

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Sam Houston State Marks 50 Years as a Leader in Criminal Justice Studies

Posted on · Fifty years ago George Beto, the director of the Texas Department of Corrections and Arleigh Templeton, then president of Sam Houston State College, lobbied the Texas Legislature to establish an Institute of Contemporary Corrections and Behavioral Science. This program would aim to lead the nation in the study of criminology, corrections and behavioral research. Today, […]

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Immigration, Traffic Congestion, and Migraines: Tuesday’s show (April 21, 2015)

Posted on · Each day on Houston Matters, we seek to examine a variety of issues, ideas, people, places, and events that define Greater Houston. Tuesday’s program will demonstrate that variety, as we explore issues related to the environment, immigration and justice, transportation, health, and history, all in one hour! On this edition of the program, we address […]

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Study Shows Juvenile Justice Reforms in Texas Are Working

Posted on · A federal civil rights investigation into law enforcement and criminal justice in Ferguson, Missouri will be released Wednesday. A law enforcement official familiar with the report tells NPR the investigation determined blacks were disproportionately targeted by police and the justice system, leading to – or reinforcing – a lack of trust in both police and the courts. […]

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Texas Legislature and Mental Health for Prisoners: Monday’s show (February 2, 2015)

Posted on · The 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature enters its fourth week today. Over the last week, Houston Public Media News 88.7 reporters have been examining some of the key issues lawmakers may consider this session. On this edition of Houston Matters, we present reports from a few of them, examining proposed bills involving education, health […]

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For Discipline, School Uses ‘Healing Circles’ Instead of Harsh Punishment

Posted on · A conference being held at the University of Houston tomorrow will focus on a program that educators say will keep more students in school. The program is called restorative justice, and it aims to resolve conflicts within the school by creating a dialogue between teachers and students. It’s meant to serve as an alternative to suspension and […]

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Event Hosts Community Members to Highlight Domestic Violence

Posted on · Vox Culture is a cultural/arts/social service organization established here in Houston to help bring attention to social causes in the Houston area in creative ways. March 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. they’re addressing the issue of domestic violence with an event called “Breaking Silence.” The event will feature a panel of leaders and […]

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How Much Do Moral Concerns Influence Our Purchases?

Posted on · There are lots of reasons to purchase products from one company over another – usually, we consider price or quality or convenience – but sometimes, the decision is a moral one. Does the company treat its workers well? Does it do business with unsavory people? Does it use sound environmental practices? In other words – […]

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Do Supreme Court of Texas Justices Disclose Enough About Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest?

Posted on · The nonprofit investigative journalism organization the Center for Public Integrity last month gave failing grades to 42 states and the District of Columbia when it comes to their rules regarding financial disclosures. That’s the  information judges are required to publish regarding gifts they receive or their own financial situations — things that could be conflicts […]