Stephen Paulsen

Stephen Paulsen is a freelance writer and journalist based in Houston, Texas. He likes to write about pretty much everything, especially cannabis, urban planning and the court system. His reporting has appeared in Houston Press, Mother Jones, Texas Monthly and beyond.
Criminal Justice

Citing the Bible, Federal Lawsuit Challenges Houston’s Ban on Feeding the Homeless

A local ordinance that prohibits providing free food to more than five people is an infringement on free speech and religious liberties, the lawsuit alleges.

On a recent evening in April, a few dozen people experiencing homelessness lined up outside Central Library in downtown Houston for a free — and illegal — meal of vegetarian chili, macaroni, rice and fruit salad. Volunteers with Food Not … Read More

ice, houston, immigration
Criminal Justice

A Catch-22 in the Crimmigration System in Harris County

In Houston, a lack of transparency and poor communication between immigration and criminal courts has created a civil rights nightmare and a clog in the system.

Abysmal record-keeping and an increasingly secretive immigration force have created a catch-22 for undocumented defendants accused of low-level crimes in Houston. After being arrested and meeting bail conditions set by Harris County magistrates, these defendants are often transferred to federal … Read More