Law

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  Bexar County Jail saw a spike in its female residents from around 450 in 2011 to over 700 today. This near doubling of the population means the jail needs more women in its ranks. Men are not allowed to work in many living areas for incarcerated females, despite what you saw on Orange Is The New Black. 

Why are we seeing this spike? Who should apply for these kinds of jobs with the county?

Guest:

  • Raul Banasco, deputy chief and jail administrator for Bexar County's Adult detention center
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Update: Many listeners took issue with our guest, James Jacobs', view on both the impact of marijuana possession charges and the process of getting criminal convictions expunged in Texas. He is a national expert.  We wanted to include some local commentary from our Interim Chief Public Defender.

A misdemeanor marijuana conviction will cause your driving privileges to be suspended for 6 months, disqualify you from federally backed student loans, cause you and your family to be evicted from Section 8 (low income) housing. 

Forget what you know about who invented the telephone. It is far more nuanced than Alexander Graham Bell calling for Dr. Watson. What got Bell into the history books was as much about his intellect as his and his lawyers driving out competitors through an unprecedented crusade using the U.S. patent sytsem.

The battles are detailed in the book Invented by Law: Alexander Graham Bell and the Patent that Changed America.

Ryan E. Poppe

A Catholic-supported group has been able to raise enough private funds to have a Nativity scene on display inside the Texas State Capitol, the week before Christmas. And the Texas Nativity Scene Project, the group that put this together, said the presence of the manger scene in the Capitol building is a win for those trying to keep the “Christ in Christmas.”

Should the state of Texas provide stated additional legal protection for an individual’s right to religious freedom when it concerns counties, municipalities or even homeowners’ associations?   One state lawmaker thinks it does, and has authored a potential constitutional amendment ahead of the 2015 session, a clause that would protect anyone wanting to make a public expression of their religious beliefs.

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