AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s (TPPF) Center for Effective Justice Policy Analyst Derek Cohen will testify before the Texas House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee on Wednesday, March 11, at 10:30 a.m. CDT or upon final adjournment in room E2.016 of the Texas State Capitol. Mr. Cohen will testify on legislation addressing truancy issues.
 
“Though skipping school is not something that should be condoned, the very last venue that should be used to address it is the criminal justice system,” said Cohen. “The success of Senate Bills 393 and 1114 of the 83rd Legislature illustrates how Texans, regardless of political alignment, take school discipline seriously and understand the delineation between the principal’s office and the courtroom. The litany of bills being heard on Wednesday highlight the broad consensus for preserving this distinction. Using the ‘hammer’ of criminal justice to go after kids playing hooky is not conservative, limited government.”
 
 
WHO:             Derek Cohen, Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Justice, TPPF
 
WHAT:          Testimony before the Texas House Juvenile Justice & Family                               Issues Committee
 
WHEN:          Wednesday, March 11, 2015
                      10:30 a.m. CDT or upon final adjournment
 
WHERE:       Texas State Capitol, Room E2.016
 
More information about the hearing can be found at: http://txpo.li/1GxNfUi
 
To schedule an interview with Mr. Cohen, please contact Caroline Espinosa at cespinosa@texaspolicy.com or 512-472-2700.

 
Derek M. Cohen is a policy analyst in the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Right on Crime campaign.

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

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