ABOUT

ABOUT THE DEASON CENTER

A Compassionate Approach to Data-Driven Reform
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.

Research
The Deason Center conducts, supports, and disseminates data-driven criminal justice research that has practical implications for criminal justice reform. The Deason Center publishes and promotes criminal justice reform scholarship in academic journals and public policy fora. The Center prioritizes research designs and scholarly projects that have utility across multiple jurisdictions.  The Center also supports and encourages the criminal justice scholarship of SMU Law faculty.

Education
Through conferences, symposia, colloquia, roundtables, and working groups, the Deason Center fosters collaborations between scholars, criminal justice researchers and criminal justice stakeholders.  The Deason Center educates SMU students about criminal justice issues and provides students with academic and experiential opportunities to work in criminal justice policy and reform .

Advocacy
Consistent with its research agenda, the Deason Center helps criminal justice stakeholders develop and implement best practices.  In support of its research and educational mission, and in recognition of the public service obligation that all lawyers owe to the legal system, the Deason Center also provides direct representation that advances a criminal justice reform agenda.

PEOPLE

PAMELA R. METZGER

Director of the Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center Professor of Law
PMETZGER@SMU.EDU

GREG GUGGENMOS

Dallas County Misdemeanor Project Statistic Coordinator
GGUGGENMOS@SMU.EDU

KENITRA BROWN

Practitioner-in-Residence
KENITRA@SMU.EDU

DR. ANDREW DAVIES

Director of Research
ALBDAVIES@SMU.EDU

FACULTY ADVISORY BOARD

JENNIFER M. COLLINS

Judge James Noel Dean and Professor of Law
JMC@MAIL.SMU.EDU

JOANNA L. GROSSMAN

Ellen K. Solender Endowed Chair in Women and the Law and Professor of Law
JLGROSSMAN@SMU.EDU

CHRIS JENKS

Director of the Criminal Clinic and Associate Professor of Law
CJENKS@MAIL.SMU.EDU

MEGHAN J. RYAN

Robert G. Storey Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Professor of Law
MEGHANRYAN@SMU.EDU

JENIA IONTCHEVA TURNER

Amy Abboud Ware Centennial Professor in Criminal Law
JMC@MAIL.SMU.EDU