TODAY: TPPF hosts criminal justice Policy Primer event and releases new study on how technological advances can improve community supervision

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AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation will host the Policy Primer "Cutting Edge Corrections: Leveraging Technological and Medical Advances to Reduce Crime" on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. Central Time in the Texas State Capitol’s Legislative Conference Center, Room E2.002.

The Policy Primer will analyze how the criminal justice system can best utilize technological and medical advances. Panelists include:

  • The Honorable José Rodríguez, Texas State Senate, District 29
  • Michael Nail, Executive Director of Parole for the State of Georgia
  • Andrea Stolar, M.D., Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Carey Welebob, Director of the Community Justice Assistance Division at TDCJ

We are pleased to host what promises to be a stimulating and enlightening discussion on how technological and medical advances can best be used to enhance public safety and control costs to taxpayers,” said Marc Levin, Director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Foundation. “Whether the goal is monitoring an offender or treating an addiction, it is vital that corrections agencies take advantage of the most cost-effective approaches for keeping the public safe and putting offenders on the right track.”

Complimentary lunch will be provided. The event is free, but an RSVP is required. Please click here to register:

At the Primer event, the Foundation will also release the new study “Cutting Edge Corrections: Using Technology to Improve Community Supervision in Texas,” authored by Marc Levin, Director of the Center for Higher Education, and Vikrant Reddy, Senior Policy Analyst with the Center for Effective Justice. The study discusses how to best use risk assessments to match probationers and parolees with the most appropriate level of supervision and explores the use of including voice recognition reporting for the lowest-risk offenders, thus reallocating supervision resources to frequent home visits as well as GPS monitoring for high-risk offenders.

The paper can be viewed by click here: 


Marc Levin is the Director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Vikrant Reddy is a senior policy analyst with Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice and Right on Crime.

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