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For over thirteen years, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation has been one of the nation’s top policy conferences, selling out each year while bringing together lawmakers, policy experts, and engaged citizens from across the political spectrum to discuss critical issues facing the Lone Star State and America. 

Policy Orientation 2016 will be held January 6-8 at the Hilton Austin. For more information and to register, please visit policyorientation.com.
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Friday, January 8 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Right-Sizing an Overgrown Criminal Justice System

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After decades of growing incarceration rates and public spending on criminal justice, legislators have started to embrace a holistic view of the criminal justice system instead of addressing each segment as a standalone component. This approach begets better long term results as offenders are advanced through the system in the manner best suited to reducing recidivism and controlling costs.This panel will take a top-down look at the entire system, from arrest to discharge, juvenile to adult, and identify best practices to be applied in future legislative sessions.

**This panel is CLE accredited**  

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Marc Levin

Director, Center for Effective Justice & Right on Crime, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Marc A. Levin is director of the Center for Effective Justice & Right on Crime at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Levin is an attorney and an accomplished author on legal and public policy issues. | | Levin has served as a law clerk to Judge Will Garwood on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Staff Attorney at the Texas Supreme Court. | | In 1999, he graduated with honors from the University of Texas with a B.A. in... Read More →

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Devon Anderson

Harris County District Attorney
On November 4, 2015, the voters of Harris County elected Devon Anderson District Attorney. Devon is leading the office forward and establishing it as the flagship prosecutor’s office in the United States. Devon's career in the law began as soon as she graduated from the University of Texas School of Law.  In 1992 she started a 12-year career at the Harris County District Attorney’s office.  While there, she prosecuted... Read More →
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Zoe Towns

Manager, Policy Public Safety Performance Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Zoë Towns manages state policy work on adult sentencing and corrections for Pew’s public safety performance project. She partners with policymakers, agency leaders, and other stakeholders to identify policy solutions for sentencing and corrections that fit each state’s needs. Before coming to Pew, Towns worked on youth detention policy for the Ministry of Justice in the United Kingdom and on pretrial policy in New York. She holds... Read More →
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Representative James White

Texas House of Representatives
James White is a native Texan and grew up in Houston, where he attended public schools. He graduated with honors from Prairie View A&M University in 1986 with a degree in political science and military science. The United States Congress subsequently commissioned James as an officer of Infantry in the U.S. Army, where he served his country in assignments throughout the world, most notably from 1987-90 in the Berlin Brigade during the demise... Read More →
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Senator John Whitmire

Texas State Senate
Senator John Whitmire represents the 15th Senatorial District comprised of north Houston and parts of Harris County. He was elected to the Texas Senate in 1982 after serving 10 years in the Texas House of Representatives. With over 32 years of service in the Texas Senate, Senator Whitmire ranks first in seniority and is the "Dean of the Texas Senate."  | | Senator Whitmire serves as Chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and works... Read More →

Friday January 8, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
Salon K

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