Laura Burke

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The Burden of Proof

by Laura Burke | Thu, May 12, 2011 at 17:37 CST
When you believe someone you love is innocent, how do you prove it to the rest of the world?
Education

UT’s Dirty Investments

While many universities have stopped investing in companies that do business in Sudan, the University of Texas still invests millions of dollars in the energy companies operating there. The UT investment management company (UTIMCO) is modeled after companies organized by … Read More

Politics

Fate of Juvenile Offenders in the Spotlight

The wrangling over what the state of Texas should do with its juvenile offenders continued Thursday in a packed room at the Capitol. The Sunset Advisory Commission, which typically reviews agencies every 12 years, heard testimony from staff of the … Read More

Criminal Justice

A Threat To Society

In a small East Texas town, one man fights for his right to medical marijuana-and suffers the consequences.

Hear Laura Burke’s interview with Texas Public Radio KSTX 98.1. Off of a dead-end street in the lush woodlands of East Texas, Chris Cain rides his motorized wheelchair to his trailer’s front door and pushes it open with his wrist. … Read More

Cover Story

The Families’ Advocate

Texas incarcerates more of its residents than any other state. Most of them are people of color. In Houston, Tarsha Jackson, an organizer with the advocacy group Grassroots Leadership, is the go-to criminal justice person in her community. When she … Read More

Criminal Justice

The Families’ Advocate

Texas incarcerates more of its residents than any other state. Most of them are people of color. In Houston, Tarsha Jackson, an organizer with the advocacy group Grassroots Leadership, is the go-to criminal justice person in her community. When she … Read More

Criminal Justice

A Woman’s Touch

Juvenile inmates can make inviting targets for sex offenders--and women are the most frequent perpetrators. Is the Texas Youth Commission ignoring the problem?

One evening in November 2007, an 18-year-old inmate in Beaumont’s Al Price Juvenile Correctional Facility was stretched out on his bunk when a female guard named Janice Simpson entered his room. The facility was short-staffed that day, so nobody was … Read More

Environment

Refuge From Responsibility

Paul Bruckwicki is standing on a hill between a grass-covered Army landfill and a creek called Harrison Bayou. Groundwater monitoring wells skirt the edge of the pine forest and the boggy swampland below. Bruckwicki, a thin and energetic biologist for … Read More

Border

Building Little Baghdad

An Iraqi refugee community sprouts up in Dallas-Fort Worth.

On a rainy January night, Amira Matsuda shuffles to the front door of her opulent home in Plano and invites me in for dinner. A wealthy and established woman in her mid-50s, Matsuda spends every day driving around the Dallas-Fort … Read More

LGBT Rights

Ted and Betty Dotts

Lubbock is not gay-friendly. A few years ago, when some straight high school kids tried to support some gay kids by forming a Gay-Straight Alliance, the Lubbock  Independent School District banned it. A school board member explained, “If I let … Read More

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