Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Justice Reform

What: The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership presents a two-day conference, 

When: Thursday, April 26, 2018, 8:30 AM – Friday, April 27, 2018, 12:00 PM

Where: Monona Terrace Convention center. 

How can state policymakers revise the criminal justice system so that it is more cost-efficient without damaging the safety of the community? This is the broad question that the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership seeks to answer with a multi-day conference on criminal justice reform. This two-day long conference of policymakers and academics from both the left and the right will focus on three broad topics:

  1. How can state policymakers reform prisoner re-entry so that prisoners returning to the workforce have the skills they need to obtain and maintain employment in jobs that are under-filled?
  2. How can state policymakers reform prosecutorial discretion in a manner that it is fair to defendants but also affords prosecutors the powers they legitimately need to enforce the law and obtain revenue?
  3. How can state policymakers reform civil forfeiture in a manner that is consistent with the Constitution and protects individual property rights?

April 26 Morning Sessions’ Panelists:

Prisoner Re-Entry:

Derek Cohn (Texas Public Policy Foundation)
Professor Jennifer Doleaec (University of Virginia)
Jon Ponder (HOPE for Prisoners)
Heather Rice-Minus (Prison Fellowship)
David Safavian (American Conservative Union)
Professor Lahny Silva (Indiana Law)
Bob Woodsen (Woodsen Center)

April 26 Afternoon Sessions’ Panelists:

Prosecutorial Discretion:

Amy Bach (Measures for Justice)
Paul Connell (WI Atty General office)
Todd Graves (Graves Gerrett LLC)
Steve Hurley (Hurley Burish & Stanton)
Professor Renée Hutchins (UM Carey Law)
Professor Brian Johnson (University of Maryland)
Professor Michael Light (UW-Madison)
Professor John Pfaff (Fordham University)

April 27 Morning Sessions’ Panelists:

Civil Forfeiture, Fees, Fines:

Dr. Dick Carpenter (Institute for Justice)
Professor Alexes Harris (University of Washington)
Tom Lyons (Right on Crime)
John Malcolm (Heritage Foundation)
Dean A. Mazzone (MA Atty General Office)
John Richter (King and Spalding)
Professor Ebony Ruhland (Cincinnati Law)
Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson (Houston Law)


The Thompson Center would like to thank the Federalist Society, the American Constitution Society, and the Milwaukee Chapter of the American Constitution Society for their support for this conference.