AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Public Policy Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Center for Effective Justice. The Center’s initial charge will be to study criminal justice issues in the Lone Star State, and to develop and promote new public policy approaches that work to repair the harm done to victims, reduce recidivism, and minimize the costs to the taxpayer.

The Center will promote these goals by conducting empirically-based research, participating actively in the public policy process at all levels of government, working cooperatively with stakeholders in the criminal justice system, and communicating frequently with the public and media. During this legislative session, the Center will serve as a resource for members of the Legislature and their staffs on criminal justice issues.

TPPF is also pleased to announce the appointment of Marc A. Levin to serve as a Foundation senior fellow and as executive director of the Center. Levin is an Austin attorney and an accomplished author on legal and public policy issues.

“Marc brings a strong devotion to public policy and a fresh perspective to the issue of criminal justice,” said Brooke Rollins, the Foundation’s president. “We look forward to Marc and the Center bringing forward new ideas that reshape criminal justice in a way that improves our culture while reducing costs – economic and social.”

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.