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When it Comes to Criminals, What is Society Willing to Forgive?

Posted on · When it comes to crime, what is our society willing — and not willing — to forgive and what does it mean for folks (like ex-convicts) who seek that forgiveness after paying their debts? We explore the concept of forgiveness with Tamler Sommers, an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of […]

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Helping Women Rebuild Their Lives After Prison

Posted on · We examine the challenges women face after leaving prison. We hear the story of former inmate Natasha Jones, and we talk with Marcia Tapp, Resource Development Director at the Houston-based non-profit The Women’s Home, which hopes to provide assistance to women re-entering society in part through the group’s first re-entry summit. Natasha Jones’ Story of […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Michael Morton: An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace

Posted on · In 1986, Michael Morton's wife, Christine, was murdered in their home just outside Austin, while he was away at work. Morton quickly became the prime suspect in the case and was eventually convicted of the murder, despite not much physical evidence. He was sentenced to life in prison. Nearly 25 years later, after attorneys from […]

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Private Prisons, Veterans Court, and Ship Channel Stories: Houston Matters for Thursday, October 16, 2014

Posted on · Earlier this month, allegations of sexual abuse surfaced at a South Texas detention center for mothers and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America. The Karnes City facility is run by a private, for-profit operator based in Florida, which strongly denies the allegations. The claims come four months after the ACLU issued a report […]

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ADL Warns of Growth of White Supremacist Prison Gang

Posted on · A white supremacist gang that got its start in Texas prisons is growing into a more dangerous and sophisticated operation in the outside world. That's according to a new report out today from the Anti-Defamation League. David Pitman has more.

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Whitmire: Culture at Texas Prisons Needs to Change

Posted on · The Texas Prison where a convicted sex offender escaped is the subject of an independent security review. Houston state Senator John Whitmire, the chairman of the criminal justice committee says there must be zero tolerance in how inmates are treated in the Texas prison system. Pat Hernandez has the story.

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Old Prison is Transformed

Posted on · Houston's Museum of Natural Science has opened its extension in Sugarland. An old prison is now home to dinosaurs on display and traveling exhibits that might have been too big for the location in Houston. Pat Hernandez has more.

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Prisons Want to Jam Cell Phones

Posted on · Texas and more than two dozen other states are asking the federal government for permission to jam cell phones inside state prisons. Jim Bell explains why.

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