AUSTIN – President Obama is expected to discuss criminal justice reform in his final State of the Union Address tonight. TPPF experts, Marc Levin, Director of the Center for Effective Justice and Right on Crime; Derek Cohen, Deputy Director of the Center for Effective Justice and Right on Crime; and Greg Glod, Policy Analyst with the Center for Effective Justice and Right on Crime are available to discuss criminal justice reform.
 
Marc A. Levin is director of the Center for Effective Justice and Right on Crime at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Levin is an attorney and an accomplished author on legal and public policy issues. Levin has served as a law clerk to Judge Will Garwood on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Staff Attorney at the Texas Supreme Court. In 1999, he graduated with honors from the University of Texas with a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Government. In 2002, Levin received his J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law. Levin's articles on law and public policy have been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Texas Review of Law & Politics, National Law Journal, New York Daily News, Jerusalem Post, Toronto Star, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Times, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Charlotte Observer, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, San Antonio Express-News and Reason Magazine.
 
Derek Cohen is deputy director of the Right on Crime campaign and the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Cohen graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, where he is currently completing his Ph.D. dissertation on the long-term costs and outcomes associated with correctional programming.  His academic work can be found in Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management and the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Theoretical Criminology and The Oxford Handbook on Police and Policing, and has scholarly articles currently under review.  He has presented several papers to the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the American Evaluation Association on the implementation and outcomes of various criminal justice policy issues.
 
Greg Glod is a policy analyst with the Right on Crime campaign and the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Glod began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Laura S. Kiessling on the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Maryland. He subsequently practiced at a litigation firm in Annapolis, Maryland before joining Right on Crime and the Texas Public Policy Foundation. In 2010, he graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with B.A. degrees in Crime, Law, and Justice and Political Science. In 2013, Glod received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.
 
To arrange and interview with Mr. Levin, Mr. Cohen, or Mr. Glod, please contact Caroline Espinosa at cespinosa@texaspolicy.com or 512-472-2700 or 703-589-4597.

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

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