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Announcing New Leadership and Staff Advancements

Austin, TX — The Texas Public Policy Foundation announced the advancement of three staff members who serve as leaders in the Foundation’s Right on Crime campaign.

Marc Levin will serve as Vice President of Criminal Justice Policy
Levin has long been recognized for leading the charge for conservative criminal justice reform on both a state and national level. He earned a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Government from the University of Texas and a J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law. His articles on law and public policy have been featured in national and international media outlets Levin most recently served as Director of Right on Crime and the Center for Effective Justice.

Derek Cohen will serve as Director of Right on Crime and the Center for Effective Justice
Cohen has guided both agencies and legislators in their efforts to introduce and implement conservative criminal justice reform across the states. He earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University, and a M.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati – where he also completed 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. Cohen most recently served as Deputy Director of Right on Crime and the Center for Effective Justice.

Joe Luppino-Esposito will serve as Manager of Federal Initiatives
Luppino-Esposito has been instrumental in influencing criminal justice policy among federal legislators. He earned a B.A. from the College of William and Mary and a J.D. at Seton Hall University School of Law where he was editor-in-chief of the Circuit Review legal journal. He most recently served as a federal policy analyst.

“We are excited to announce the new leadership of the Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice and the Right on Crime campaign,” said Brooke Rollins, President and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. “Marc and his team continue to do excellent work and have helped cut crime and spending throughout the country, starting right here in Texas. Right on Crime is working in or has already advanced proven and conservative criminal justice reforms in 38 states and at the federal level aimed at improving public safety.”

Right on Crime is a national campaign of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, in partnership with the American Conservative Union Foundation and Justice Fellowship that supports fighting crime, prioritizing victims, and protecting taxpayers.  The movement to reform underperforming and wasteful criminal justice programs had its origins in Texas in 2005.  Its success has been duplicated and continues to serve as a model for effective policies around the country.

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