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Texas Prisons: The Business of Incarceration
Thursday, September 10, 2020 to Saturday, September 12, 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. 

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All Sessions: 8 a.m.-10 a.m.  

Week 1: Thursday, September 10

  • History of Prisons/Jails/Detention Centers in Texas Presentation 
  • Fireside Chat: What is the Future of Incarceration?
  • Board Meeting: Friday, September 11, 10 a.m.–12 p.m .

Week 2: Thursday, September 17

  • Keynote: Business of Prisons in Texas
  • Private Industry in Texas Prisons Panel
Week 3: Thursday, September 24
  • Legislators Panel: Regulation, Reform, and the Path Forward
  • Focus Idea #1: Who profits from prisons? How? What is ethical?/ROI for prisons? Are they effective? For who?
  • Focus Idea #2: Uncompensated Prison Labor- Why? Why Not?"