PRESS CONFERENCE MONDAY, DECEMBER 9th: New poll shows strong support for criminal-justice reforms

AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice will host a press conference on Monday, December 9th at 10:00 a.m. Central Time in the Speaker’s Committee Room (Room 2W.6) of the Texas State Capitol, to release poll data demonstrating a shift in public preferences on criminal-justice reform, toward the principles long advocated by the Foundation. Media will have the opportunity to participate in an unmoderated and direct Q&A. Participants include:

  • Marc Levin, Director of the Center for Effective Justice.
  • The Honorable Bill Hammond, President and CEO of the Texas Association of Business.
  • The Honorable Chuck DeVore, Foundation Vice President for Policy.
  • Chris Perkins, Partner at Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research.

“In the last several years, Texas shifted from building more prisons to closing prisons,” said Levin, “saving $2 billion while, most importantly, achieving the state’s lowest crime rate since 1968. This poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Texans embrace this empirically validated approach. Whether Republican, Democrat, or independent, Texans turn out to have a very practical view of criminal justice, informed by common sense.”

Members of the media who are unable to attend the press conference are invited to participate in a media conference call at 11:30 a.m. Central Time using the following information:

Conference call number: 1 (877) 662-7634
Passcode: 7781 608#


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


Marc Levin is the Director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice.


The Honorable Chuck DeVore is the Vice President for Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He served six years in the California Assembly and is the author of “The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America.”


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