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TROY’S STORY In 2003, a non-unanimous Louisiana jury voted, 10-2, to convict Troy Rhodes of armed robbery and attempted second-degree murder. With an overworked and underpaid public defender, Troy didn’t stand a chance. Then, a federal judge appointed our Director, Pamela Metzger, to the case…

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UNLIKELY ALLIES CNN political commentator Van Jones and Dallas businessman Doug Deason united as leading voices from the left and right, respectively, for a free public event at SMU Dedman School of Law on Friday, August 18, 2017. It was hosted by SMU Dedman Law’s new Deason Family Criminal Justice Reform Center with #cut50…

BURIED ALIVE PROJECT Nearly 4000 men and women have been sentenced to die in federal prison for non-violent drug crimes – buried alive behind prison walls. As the Deason Center’s inaugural Practitioner-in-Residence, Brittany Barnett, SMU Law ’11, was determined to change things. In partnership with …

The Deason Center brings a stats and stories approach to criminal justice reform. The Stats: We collect, analyze, and assess the hard data that drive smart, sane, and sensible criminal justice reform. The Stories: We uncover, recount, and amplify the stories of people who live, work, and struggle in our criminal justice system. Together, our Stats and Stories make a compelling case for compassionate criminal justice reform.  Individual stories.  Institutional solutions.