One of the contributors to Texas’ slowly dropping incarceration rates is a growth in diversion programs that address problems like addiction and mental illness.
Harris County, for example, recently doubled its number of crisis intervention response teams, which include trained deputies and mental health clinicians who answer 9-1-1 calls where mental illness may be a factor.
You’ve got to credit Ted Cruz: The man’s been in elected office less than a year, and he’s already a household name across the country. With his Ivy League smarts, smarmy condescension and uncompromising ideology, he annoys liberals more than …
On a gravel road in rural Frio County, sheriff’s deputies are doing something they never thought they would—enforcing state environmental laws in the oilpatch.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is spending $1.2m on a website preaching abstinence to teens.
A new Investigation by the Department of Homeland Security Does Little to Explain Spate of Fatal Shootings and Beatings by Border Patrol Agents.
4 for Texas proves that no one knew how to ruin a good thing better than the Rat Pack.
Texas Reps. John Carter and Sam Johnson’s exit from a bipartisan working group on immigration reform could signify a bigger problem reform’s chances in the next few months — some Republicans in Congress who represent majority-white and heavily conservative constituencies find themselves unable to compromise on this core issue.
A federal judge in Houston who made bizarre remarks during a hearing on a racial discrimination case he’s overseeing will not step down after the 5th Circuit said he didn’t need to last week.
This week’s finalist is Belinda Acosta’s “Birth and Afterbirth,” a gripping and graphic narrative about fear, alienation, and identity.
In this episode of Observer Radio, staff writer Emily DePrang shares details on a report suggesting capital punishment in Texas needs a major overhaul.