AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation's Center for Effective Justice will hold a Policy Primer, "Making the Case for Smart Juvenile Prosecution" on Tuesday, December 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Stephen F. Austin InterContinental Hotel.

Juvenile discipline cases – which used to be handled at school and at home – now find their way onto the desk of overburdened prosecutors who, for decades, would move forward with traditional forms of juvenile prosecution: trial, sentencing, and detention. Unfortunately, as this formula has led to a growth in juvenile recidivism rates, prosecutors are rethinking their involvement. Through the cooperation of families, schools, churches, and the support networks of the offender, juveniles are more successfully rehabilitated outside of the system at a lower cost to the taxpayer. 

Panelists include: 

  • The Honorable Joe Moody, Member, Texas House of Representatives
  • The Honorable George Gascón, District Attorney, City and County of San Francisco, California
  • The Honorable Patricia Lykos, former District Attorney, Harris County, Texas
  • Riley Shaw, Juvenile Court Chief, Tarrant County District Attorney's Office                               

To schedule an interview with Center for Effective Justice director Marc Levin, please contact Kristen Indriago at 512.472.2700 or[email protected].


WHO:            Texas Public Policy Foundation 

WHAT:          Making the Case for Smart Juvenile Prosecution

WHEN:          Tuesday, December 17, 2013

                    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:        Stephen F. Austin InterContinental Hotel

                    701 Congress Avenue

                    Capitol Ballroom B

                    Austin, TX 78701                                                              


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

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