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Michele Deitch: COVID-19 Data for Prisons, Jails and Juvenile Facilities

March 29, 2021

There is a troubling lack of transparency about data regarding the spread, toll and management of COVID-19 in state prisons, local jails and state-run juvenile facilities, according to a new report from CHASP Faculty Fellow and LBJ School of Public Affairs criminal justice expert Michele Deitch at The University of Texas at Austin. Read more.

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 to Serve on Urban Institute Advisory Board to Transform Prisons

Oct. 22, 2019

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.

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.

A Conversation with CHASP Faculty Fellow Michele Deitch

Jan. 22, 2019

Michele Deitch holds a joint appointment as a Senior Lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the School of Law at The University of Texas at Austin. She is an attorney with more than 30 years of experience working on criminal justice and juvenile justice policy issues with state and local government officials corrections administrators, judges and advocates.

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.

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."

New White Papers on Criminal Justice Issues from Michele Deitch PRP Class

June 29, 2016

The tragic death of Sandra Bland put a human face on the troubles lurking within the “pretrial” stage of criminal justice–policing and the decision to effectuate a custodial arrest, the bail decision, jail safety and the impact of incarceration on the mentally ill. The profound sadness and frustration over her death galvanized legislative hearings and more are planned.

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