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Calendar Alert: 2017 Vital Voices Speaker Series Feb. 8

micheledeitchThe University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) Center for Public Service and Family Strengths/Institute of Community Research invites the University community to the “Vital Voices” speaker series event.  The event will be conducted from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Commerce Street Building, room C100.

Professor Michele Deitch will serve as guest speaker. She will present, “The Era of Magical Thinking: Youth in the Adult Criminal Justice System in Texas and Beyond,” and will discuss her research on the characteristics of youth tried as adults, what happens to them in adult jails and prisons, sentencing law affecting youth tried as adults, and national and Texas policy trends.

Deitch holds a joint appointment as a senior lecturer at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the School of Law at UT Austin. She is an attorney with more than 30 years of experience working on criminal justice and juvenile justice policy issues with state and local government officials, corrections administrators, judges and advocates. Prior to entering academia, Deitch served as a federal court-appointed monitor of conditions in the Texas prison system; policy director of Texas’ sentencing commission; general counsel to the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee; and as an independent consultant to justice system agencies across the country.

“Vital Voices” is hosted by the College of Public Service and the Center for Public Service and Family Strengths. For more information, contact Steven Villano at 713-221-8906. No reservation is required.