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The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival is upon us! Join us Sept. 27-29 in downtown Austin for two days of unique perspectives, thoughtful conversation and networking — all in the shadow of the Texas Capitol. 

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Friday, September 28 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Bail and Pot are Only the Beginning

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Right and left have plenty of ideas about how to improve the criminal justice system — and to a surprising degree, they’re on the same page.

Supported by the Charles Koch Institute

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Jolie McCullough

Criminal Justice Reporter for The Texas Tribune
McCullough reports on Texas criminal justice issues and policy for the Tribune. Previously, she worked on the Tribune's data visuals team and spent four years as a reporter and web developer at the Albuquerque Journal. McCullough also interned at the Arizona Republic before she graduated... Read More →

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Art Acevedo

Chief of the Houston Police Department
Acevedo joined the Houston Police Department in 2016. Previously, he led the Austin Police Department for nearly 10 years, serving as the department’s first Hispanic chief. Acevedo also serves as first vice president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and previously served as... Read More →
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Christina Melton Crain

Founder, President and CEO of Unlocking Doors and Former Chairwoman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice
Crain is president and CEO of Unlocking Doors, an advocacy nonprofit dedicated to reducing recidivism and helping incarcerated individuals re-enter society. She previously served as chairwoman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, the only woman to hold the position. Crain also... Read More →
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Doug Deason

Criminal Justice Reform Advocate
Deason has served as president of Deason Capital Services LLC and the Deason Foundation since 2009. Previously, he was the CEO of a family-owned commercial builder. Deason is an active political donor, serving on the finance committee of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign... Read More →
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Alice Marie Johnson

Federal Clemency Recipient and Buried Alive Project Fellow
Johnson is an advocate for criminal justice reform. She was sentenced in 1997 to mandatory life without parole for her role in a nonviolent federal drug case — her first ever arrest and conviction. After serving more than 21 years in prison, she was granted clemency in June 2018... Read More →
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Mimi Marziani

President of the Texas Civil Rights Project
Marziani is the president of the Texas Civil Rights Project and an election law professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She previously served as counsel for the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where she litigated election law cases... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, Auditorium