Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center

Mission of the Deason Center
The Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center (“Deason Center”) promotes criminal justice reform by conducting, supporting, and disseminating data-driven criminal justice research. 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 with utility across multiple jurisdictions. The Center also supports and encourages the criminal justice scholarship of SMU Law faculty.

Our Stats and Stories Model for Criminal Justice Reform
The Deason Center promotes criminal justice reform with a Stats and Stories model. 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, these Stats and Stories make a compelling case for compassionate criminal justice reform.  Individual stories.  Institutional solutions.

Research and Scholarship
The Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center (“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 and Outreach
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 students at SMU Dedman School of Law and SMU about criminal justice issues and provides academic and experiential opportunities for student learning.

Public Service
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 will, on a limited basis, engage in direct representation that advances a criminal justice reform agenda.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Rural Criminal Justice Summit

November 29-30, 2018
SMU Dedman School of Law

Hosted by:  Deason Center, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

A diverse group of rural criminal justice stakeholders will discuss the unique challenges that confront America's rural criminal justice systems.

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