Center for Justice Research Director Weighs in on George Floyd Protests

As founding director of the Center for Justice Research at Texas Southern University, Dr. Howard Henderson spends a lot of time analyzing and writing about the ways racial bias plays into criminal justice, both in the Houston area and across the country. Since the center was founded in 2018, researchers have explored the ways race plays into pretrial justice, the effects of over-incarceration on poor and minority families and the misconceptions surrounding how race, personality and crime are connected.

One day after more than 60,000 people showed up to Houston City Hall to protest the death of George Floyd—a man who died May 25 while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota—Henderson spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about the protests, the data driving them and some of the things he thinks local police can do moving forward to build public trust.

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