News Category: criminal justice


New report from Michele Deitch on Crisis of COVID-19 in Texas Prisons and Jails

Nov. 9, 2020

Texas has had more COVID-19 infections and deaths among incarcerated people and staff than any other state in the country, according to a new report from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. The report, titled "COVID and Corrections: A Profile of COVID Deaths in Custody in Texas," indicates that at least 231 people have died from COVID-19 in Texas prisons and jails, including both incarcerated people and staff.

Guidance for Sheriffs and Jail Officials in Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

March 20, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis grips the world, prison and jails face especially challenging conditions that could lead to catastrophic outcomes. Correctional facilities are ill-prepared to implement social distancing and other public health measures in such densely populated environments, and the virus can spread like wildfire in these settings.  Add to that the fact that so many people in prisons and jails have chronic health conditions, and the situation has the potential to be a death sentence for many people in custody. And public health experts warn that if outbreaks are not controlled in cus

Michele Deitch Named to Texas Task Force on Dual Status Youth

July 22, 2019

Michele Deitch, CHASP Faculty Fellow and The LBJ School of Public Affairs/ The University of Texas School of Law criminal justice expert, is an invaluable resource to the state of Texas on a number of social and juvenile justice issues. She's now been asked to serve on the Texas Supreme Court’s Children’s Commission Task Force on Dual Status Youth. The statewide task force is comprised of judges, practitioners, and experts on juvenile justice focused on the needs of youth who are in both the juvenile justice system and the child welfare system.

Michele Deitch Sworn in as Member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar

Nov. 30, 2018

The Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States welcomed Michele Deitch, an award-winning teacher and senior lecturer at the LBJ School and The University of Texas School of Law, into its ranks on November 6, 2018.

Dr. Sarah Brayne and the New Texas Prison Education Initiative

Nov. 14, 2018

Through the new Texas Prison Education Initiative, The University of Texas at Austin faculty and graduate students volunteer their time to teach inmates who can earn transferable college credits. Research shows that college prison programs can help reduce recidivism, improve wellbeing, and more.

Research to Practice Roundtable: Victim Services and the Criminal Justice System with Zena Hooper, Psy.D.

April 5, 2017

One of CHASP’s primary missions it to bring together scholars from multiple disciplines to strengthen public policies on pressing health and social policy issues. CHASP’s Research to Practice Roundtable (R2P) Series takes it one step further and connects high-level policymakers with scholars at The University of Texas at Austin to bridge policy priorities and the newest research.

The Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement, with Keramet Reiter

Jan. 26, 2017

Please join the LBJ School of Public Affairs Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) and the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) on Thursday, February 2, 2017 for a talk by Dr. Keramet Reiter, author of the new book "23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement."

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