EVENTS. The Deason Center helps educate local and national communities about criminal justice reform. Working with national criminal justice activists, like Van Jones, and local reformers, like Evelyn Fulbright, the Deason Center offers cutting- edge programs that ignite important conversations and advance community engagement.
CNN political commentator Van Jones and Dallas businessman Doug Deason united as leading voices from the left and right, respectively, for “Unlikely Allies: The Nonpartisan Fight for Criminal Justice Reform” at SMU Dedman School of Law’s Karcher Auditorium on Friday, August 18, 2018.
INDIGENT DEFENSE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
The Indigent Defense Research Association (“IDRA”) is a national organization dedicated to data-driven research of the indigent defense function. In July of 2018, the Deason Center gathered IDRA representatives to help plan for the Association’s future.
RURAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE SUMMIT
Rural communities confront unique criminal justice challenges. Solving those challenges will require research and reform tailored to the unique institutional, structural, and demographic characteristics of rural criminal justice systems. In November of 2018, the Deason Center convened the first national, multi-stakeholder summit on rural criminal justice reform.