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PJIL Events

Past Webinars and Presentations

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A Gender-Responsive Approach to Corrections During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Social Justice Research Forum, Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Texas at Austin. Alycia Welch and Michele Deitch highlight findings in their forthcoming report, “Pandemic Gender Gap Behind Bars: Meeting the Needs of Women in Custody During COVID-19 and Planning for the Future.”

April 30, 2021
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Policy on Purpose, Episode 1: Criminal Justice Reform

In this episode of the LBJ School's new podcast series "Eye on the Lege: Inside the 87th Texas Legislature," PJIL Directors Michele Deitch and Alycia Welch discuss the bills surrounding criminal justice policy and policing this session.

 April 19, 2021
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Correcting Corrections: Lessons for Prisons and Jails in a Post-COVID World

Michele joined the GovExec Daily podcast to discuss the pandemic in the corrections system and how the COVID-19 crisis has brought serious problems in the carceral system to the forefront.

February 1, 2021 
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LBJ In the Arena: Jails & Prisons

Michele sat down with LBJ alumna Nancy La Vigne (MPAff ‘91), then vice president for justice policy at the Urban Institute, and Dr. Ronald Day, vice president of programs at the Fortune Society, to discuss the far-reaching effects of COVID-19 on the criminal justice system, including policing, confinement conditions in jails and prisons, and state and local reforms.

April 8, 2020
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Strategies for Prisons, Jails, and Oversight Bodies During the COVID-19 Crisis

Michele joined other national experts, members of the oversight community and others to share information about what jurisdictions across the country are doing to address COVID-19 in jails and prisons, strategies for reducing jail and prison populations, important COVID-19 policy recommendations, practices across the country, and what the current crisis says about the past, present, and future of American carceral policy.

March 24, 2020
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Why are we trying kids as adults? | Michele Deitch | TEDxAmherstCollege

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. PJIL Director Michele Deitch addresses the problem of youth who are prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system and confined in adult jails and prisons.

December 19, 2014