AUSTIN—The Texas Public Policy Foundation will host the Harris County Justice Summit to address Pre-Trial and Mental Health Solutions THIS FRIDAY, December 12, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. CST at the DoubleTree Hotel in Downtown Houston.
County jails are the gateway to the corrections system and are the form of incarceration that affect the greatest number of Americans—including those who are never ultimately convicted or sentenced to confinement.
Harris County, Texas operates one of the five largest county jails in the nation. However, a long term plan is not in place to alleviate the issue of operating above the design capacity by using variance beds and additional staff.
This event is sponsored by the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.
The agenda for the Harris County Justice Summit will be as follows:

    • 7:30 am – Registration Opens
    • 8:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast with Dave LaBahn, President & CEO of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
    • 9:15 am – 10:30 am: Pre-trial Justice: Making the Right In-and-Out and Supervision Decisions, featuring:
    • Devon Anderson, Harris Co. District Attorney
    • Adrian Garcia, Harris Co. Sheriff
    • Tara Boh Klute, COO of Pre-trial Services, Kentucky Administrative Offices of the Courts 
    • Marc Levin, Texas Public Policy Foundation (moderator)
    • Matt Alsdorf, Director of Criminal Justice, Laura and John Arnold Foundation
    • Judge Ryan Patrick, 177th Criminal Court


    • 10:40 am – 11:55 am: The Right Prescription for Addressing Mental Health Issues at Arrest and Beyond, featuring: 
      • Michael Dirden, Executive Assistant Chief of Police, City of Houston
      • Dr. Andrew Keller, Meadows Mental Health Institute
      • Dr. Teresa May, Harris Co. Adult Probation Chief
      • The Honorable Jerry Madden, Senior Fellow at Right On Crime and former Chairman of the Texas House Corrections Committee (moderator)
      • Clarissa Stephens, Deputy Director, Harris Co. Criminal Justice Coordinating Council


    • 11:55 am – 12:10 pm: Coffee Break
    • 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm: Lunch with Texas State Senator John Whitmire, with introductory remarks by Judge Oscar Hale


For additional information and to register, visit:

WHO:         Texas Public Policy Foundation
WHAT:   "Harris County Justice Summit: Pre-Trial and Mental Health Solutions"
WHEN:   Friday, December 12, 2014 | 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE:   DoubleTree Houston Downtown
    400 Dallas Street | Houston, Texas 77002

To learn more, please contact David Reaboi at [email protected] or (202) 431-1948

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

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