Houston Newsmakers Sept. 20: Community unites to support officers

By Khambrel Marshall - Meteorologist, 'Newsmakers' Host

HOUSTON - In the weeks following the death of Deputy Darren Goforth, the Houston community united to express its support for law enforcement officers.

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson and state Sen. John Whitmire applaud the overwhelming sentiments for police, but say that support must always remain strong.

"There are quite a few bad police officers who need to prosecuted, but there are tens of thousands more who every day are putting their lives on the line for our community and they are finally getting the recognition, at least in Houston and largely across Texas, that they deserve," Anderson said.

In addition, the district attorney and state senator discussed efforts on the state level to reform the criminal justice system and make mental health a top priority in Texas jails.

The Women's Home is on a mission to provide the services needed for women to overcome difficult circumstances. They include drug abuse, homelessness and incarceration.

Marcia Tapp from the Women's Home spoke about the successes of its graduates and how they have turned their lives around.

"The transformation is remarkable," said Tapp, the director of development at the Home. "The ladies come to us with almost nothing in a bag from many different sources. You ask how they meet us -- with social workers, other social service agencies, friends, loved ones who have really kind of given up on being able to help. So we're there for them."

Wendy Burgower, of the Texas Bar Foundation, also sat down with KPRC to talk about how the foundation has teamed up in the Home's upcoming event, the Summit on the Impact of Incarceration.

Author A.J. Mistretta has a new book to prove there is never a dull moment in Houston. He brings us the highlights of his book, "100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die," and what it was like to write it.

"There's so much to do here. We're the fourth-largest city in the country -- tons of activities, tons of places to visit. It was kind of difficult to cull that down to 100 of those top things," Mistretta said.

Mistretta also reveals some of the hidden aspects of Houston's favorite landmarks that most people are not aware of.

Houston Newsmakers airs at 10 a.m. Sunday after "Meet the Press" on KPRC Channel 2.

More Information:
Devon Anderson, Harris County District Attorney
• State Sen. John Whitmire
• Wendy Burgower, Texas Bar Foundation
• Marcia Tapp, The Women's Home, 713-521-3150
A.J. Mistretta, Author, "100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die"

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