News & Updates

  • Houston Chronicle’s Campaign To Unseat Kim Ogg

    February 03, 2024 4:20 PM

    In the run-up to next month’s primary, the Houston Chronicle has published over two dozen derogatory stories about Kim Ogg. These stories have regularly given Ogg’s adversaries and her opponent a platform to voice their criticisms with the imprimatur of being objective news stories. Their coverage of Ogg dovetails with the its campaign to convince Houstonians that their concern about violent crime is overblown, notwithstanding that in poll after poll Houstonians across every demographic have identified violent crime as their top concern.

    This week the Houston Chronicle published its latest article in its campaign to unseat Ogg. It is one of the most biased, misleading stories I have ever seen in the paper. The headline was “Thousands of Houstonians are sent to jail with no legal basis under DA Ogg, judges say.” The story blatantly manipulates statistics, omits critical facts, and includes some outright false statements.

    Let’s start with some background, which the Chronicle failed to provide.

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  • Revolutionizing Justice: Harris County’s Groundbreaking Approach to Tackling a 145,000 Case Backlog and Reforming the System

    December 15, 2023 6:46 PM

    The COVID-19 pandemic caused most courts to come to a halt in 2020 and created an unprecedented backlog of cases in Harris County. At the start of 2022, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office faced a backlog of 145,050 cases, with only 367 prosecutors.

    Our office developed an Emergency Case Backlog Reduction Plan that considered funding issues, limited prosecutor numbers, multiple buildings, and courts not fully operating in person.

    The first stage of the plan was to craft a strategy to review more than 30,000 misdemeanors and state jail felonies under a new paradigm, in which every possible non-victim case was considered for an alternative solution instead of jail, prison, or formal supervision by the Community Corrections and Supervision Department, and secure funding for prosecutors to review these cases through an after-hours overtime program.

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  • Honored victims advocate recalls her mother's attack

    July 09, 2023 8:26 PM

    Attorney led anti-gang task force, fueled tips with cash rewards

    Houston attorney Kim Ogg has never been a victim of violent crime herself. But as a young girl, a terrifying event foreshadowed her chosen career path — helping the loved ones of victims targeted by violent predators and killers.

    Ogg, 48, was just a small child when her mother was kidnapped at knifepoint from a downtown Houston bank parking lot in 1963. She escaped unharmed from the man's moving car. He would abduct and rape two other women later that day.

    "We didn't talk about it very much," Ogg says of her mother's ordeal 45 years ago. "But as I look back now, I see that affected everything we did in a lot of ways. It had a long-lasting effect, I think, on all of us — but very subtly.

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  • Harris Co. District Attorney Ogg on challenger Sean Teare: 'I have some concerns about his judgment'

    June 27, 2023 11:16 PM

    HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg is running for a third term as the county's top prosecutor.

    She is facing opposition from Sean Teare, one of her former employees. Teare announced his run for the office on ABC13 last month.

    But Ogg said she has unfinished business, and as much as she talks about her team's accomplishment's during her first two terms, there is work to do.

    "Having consistency in policy, in messaging, and in practice is what you want from a district attorney," Ogg told ABC13. "Controversy's just going to come with the job."



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  • An Interview With Kim Ogg

    May 01, 2023 11:29 PM

    Gabriel: How do you think you are handling this job differently than your predecessors?

    Kim Ogg: My 30 years of experience as prosecutor, victim’s rights advocate and defense attorney give me a unique perspective. I understood where the system was unfair and biased, and I immediately started fixing the situation with a common sense approach: It started with a culture change that required dismissing many of the prosecutors who had been unfairly administering justice. We concentrate now on prosecuting predators rather than people charged with low-level, non-violent offenders.

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