Crystal Mason’s contentious illegal voting conviction must be reconsidered, criminal appeals court says – Houston Public Media
Mason said she didn’t know she was ineligible to vote when she cast a provisional ballot in 2016, but she was sentenced to five years. Now, the Court of Criminal Appeals says an appellate court that affirmed her conviction must look again at the evidence of Mason’s intent.houstonpublicmedia.org
“It’s Not Over”: Brazoria Co. NAACP calls DOJ to investigate jury tampering allegations
On Friday, the Brazoria County NAACP submitted an eight-page letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, asking for an independent investigation into allegations that former district clerk Rhonda Barchak altered the jury pool by race for more than a decade.
U.S. Department of Justice investigating abuse, mistreatment at Texas’ juvenile lockups – Houston Public Media
The department says it’s looking into whether the Texas Juvenile Justice Department provides “reasonable protection from physical and sexual abuse by staff and other residents, excessive use of chemical restraints and excessive use of isolation.”houstonpublicmedia.org
Texas Executes Pasadena Man Convicted Of Double Murder In 3rd Lethal Injection This Year – Houston Public Media
Rick Rhoades was convicted of killing two brothers 30 years ago, the day after he'd been released from prison on parole. His attorneys argued that racial bias in jury selection denied him a fair trial.houstonpublicmedia.org
Houston Newsmakers: The many ways the pandemic is hurting our children
Baker Institute Doctor is pushing for changeThe pandemic continues to take its toll, hitting families and children particularly hard. Dr. Quianta Moore is a Fellow in Child Health Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. She is a guest on Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall and says the pandemic impact can be felt by the decreased availability of childcare and Pre-K facilities. Among the Baker Institute recommendations to the Biden administration is a push for more funding for those centers because of the role they play in society. “They’re involved in trafficking, they’re doing the worst of the worst and law enforcement is going out of their way.
Wendell Champion says he is alternative to US Rep. Jackson Lee
Wendell Champion is a West Point graduate who says his leadership is what’s needed now in the 18th Congressional District after 25 years of representation by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. She says her time as a drug court judge opened her eyes. “I mean I literally saw miracles happen in that courtroom every day.”Anderson says 70% of drug court graduates have never been re-arrested. Brighter Bites fight against food insecurityLisa Helfman is a co-founder of Brighter Bites, founded in Houston to help provide healthy food to students. More informationWendell Champion, (R) Candidate, 18th Congressional DistrictLisa Helfman, Founder, Board Chair, Brighter BitesDevon Anderson, President & CEO Justice Forward