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Texas Prisons: The Business of Incarceration
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Category: Events


Texas is home to over 700 prisons and jails, which require complex infrastructure, a skilled workforce, and a variety of public and private providers to operate the multi-billion-dollar system efficiently. How is the Texas’ economy impacted by this facet of the criminal justice system? Join us to explore and discuss the history, legislation, data trends, ethics and priorities that shape and impact the business of incarceration in the Lone Star state. 

 *Don't forget to put this conference series on your calendar!  

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All Sessions: 8 a.m.-10 a.m.   

Week 1: Thursday, September 10

  • Fellow Presentation: History of Incarceration in Texas
    Abigail Wesson, Texas Tech University
  • Panel: What is the future of incarceration?
    Jason Hernandez, Author of Get Clemency Now
    Alice Johnson, Texas Public Policy Foundation Fellow
    Marc Levin, Chief of Policy and Innovation, Right on Crime, Texas Public Policy Foundation
    Doug Smith, Senior Policy Analyst, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition 
  • Board Meeting: Friday, September 11, 10 a.m.–12 p.m (requires a separate registration, invitation will be emailed)
Week 2: Thursday, September 17
  • Keynote: The Business of Prison in Texas
    Bryan Collier, Executive Director/CFO, Texas Department of Criminal Justice
    Ron Steffa, CFO, Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • Panel: Private Industry in Texas Prisons
    Speakers to be announced!
Week 3: Thursday, September 24
  • Legislators Panel: Regulation, Reform, and the Path Forward
    Rep. James White, House Committee on Corrections
    Sen. John Whitmire, Senate Committee on Criminal Justice
    Rep. Joseph Moody, Texas House of Representatives
  • Ethics Exercise: Who profits from prisons? How? What is ethical?/ROI for prisons? Are they effective? For who?
    Ethics Exercise: Uncompensated Prison Labor- Why? Why Not?