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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…

RURAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE America’s rural communities have yet to find their place in the national conversation about criminal justice reform. As a thought leader in rural criminal justice arena, the Deason Center is building infrastructure to support data-driven, community-informed criminal justice systems…

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.