Michele Deitch to Serve on Urban Institute Advisory Board to Transform Prisons


CHASP Faculty Fellow Michele Deitch

Prisons in America affect millions of lives, not just those who live and work there, but the families who are left behind. They consume a meaningful share of state budgets, house over 1.3 million people, and employ over 200,000 corrections officers in state-run correctional institutions. Yet despite the scale and impact of prisons, they are among the least transparent and most understudied public institutions in our country.

The Urban Institute is shining a much-needed light on prison conditions and work to make prisons more humane, safe, and rehabilitative environments. CHASP Faculty Fellow Michele Deitch, dual appointed at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and UT School of Law, was asked to serve on the Advisory Board for the Urban Institute’s Prison Research and Innovation Initiative, a comprehensive effort to build evidence and spur innovation to make prisons more humane, safe, and rehabilitative environments.

With support from Arnold Ventures, this five-year project will leverage research and evidence to shine a much-needed light on prison conditions and pilot strategies to promote the well-being of people who live and work behind bars.

In her role on the Advisory Board, she will be providing input on the Initiative’s priorities and direction, identifying opportunities for reform, helping develop a comprehensive research agenda, and providing oversight of the Prison Research and Innovation Network sites.

To learn more about this effort, visit www.urban.org/transform-prison. More about Michele Deitch and her large body of work, go to chasp.lbj.utexas.edu/michele-deitch.