Houston Matters

Activists Urge Judges To End Appeal Of Federal Court’s Bail Bond Ruling

Posted on · A civil rights group is urging Harris County judges to get in line with the federal court ruling that found the bail system unconstitutional. Some county officials say the district court's order creates a public safety risk, but others say it penalizes those who cannot afford bonds

Good, Bad and Ugly

Perjury Charges Dropped in Sandra Bland Case, and Firefighter Contract Negotiations: The Good, Bad and the Ugly of the 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. This week, our panel weighs in on […]

Houston Matters

‘Sandra Bland’ Bill Aims to Protect Minorities in Police Interactions

Posted on · (Above: Sandra Bland’s booking photo at the Waller County Jail from July 2015. Photo: Waller County Sheriff’s Office via AP) Texas State Rep. Garnet Coleman, a Houston Democrat, has introduced House Bill 2702 at the Texas Legislature, what many are calling the “Sandra Bland bill.” It aims to protect minorities and the mentally ill during interactions […]

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Making Houston Feel Smaller, and the Sandra Bland Bill: Friday’s Show (March 24, 2017)

Posted on · Greater Houston is, of course, a sprawling community. The nine county metropolitan area made up of Houston, The Woodlands and Sugar Land covers more than 1,600 square miles. It has a population of 6.7 million – and growing. That’s a lot of of people stretched over long distances with concrete highways and distinctive towns and […]

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Settlement Reached In Sandra Bland Wrongful Death Lawsuit: Lawyer

Posted on ·     A $1.9 million settlement has been reached in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Sandra Bland over her death in the Waller County jail, according to a lawyer for the family. Bland—a black woman from the Chicago-area who was moving to Prairie View for a job—was arrested following a contentious […]