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Legislature honors Deitch and Mushlin

The 79th Texas Legislature issued a resolution in honor of LBJ School Adjunct Professor Michele Deitch and Pace Law School Professor Michael Mushlin for their work in organizing a conference that focused on the oversight of U.S. prisons and jails. The conference, held at the LBJ School on April 23-26, was called "Opening Up a Closed World: What Constitutes Effective Prison Oversight?"

The resolution, which was presented on April 25 to Deitch and Mushlin, states that “the topic of independent prison oversight is especially important at a time when the Texas criminal justice system is proving that it can live up to constitutional ideals without the need for court intervention and oversight.”

The resolution—presented during the conference by Representative Jerry Madden, chair of the House Corrections Committee—also commended Deitch and Mushlin for stimulating dialogue and debate that would “lead to significant reforms within the U.S. criminal justice system.”

After the conference, Deitch was notified by the Indiana House of Representatives that she had been made an honorary Indiana state representative.

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