Education
  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • M.Sc. in Psychology, Oxford University
  • B.A., Amherst College
Research Areas
  • Correctional oversight and prison and jail conditions
  • Juveniles in the adult criminal justice system
  • Management of youth in custody
Teaching Areas
  • Social Policy

Michele Deitch is an attorney with more than 30 years of experience working on criminal justice and juvenile justice policy issues with state and local government officials corrections administrators, judges and advocates. An award-winning teacher and Soros Senior Justice Fellow, she holds a joint appointment as a senior lecturer at the LBJ School and the School of Law at UT Austin. Her areas of specialty include independent oversight of correctional institutions, prison conditions, the management of youths in custody, and juveniles in the adult criminal justice system. She co-chairs the American Bar Association's Subcommittee on Correctional Oversight and helped draft the ABA's Standards on the Treatment of Prisoners. She has authored numerous articles about correctional oversight, including a 50-state inventory of prison oversight models, as well as many reports on juvenile justice that have received national attention. Her TEDx talk, "Why are we trying kids as adults?," was named a TEDx Editor's Pick in January 2015.  Prior to entering academia, she served as a federal court-appointed monitor of conditions in the Texas prison system, as the policy director of Texas' sentencing commission, as general counsel to the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee and as an independent consultant to justice system agencies across the country.

Media Expertise
  • Children
  • Judiciary
  • Crime & Criminal Justice

Newsworthy

NewsApril 27, 2017
Research from the LBJ School Informs Raise the Age Bill

LBJ School faculty, students and alumni are working to transform the juvenile justice system.

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NewsApril 13, 2017
The LBJ School Celebrates Students, Faculty, Staff Dedicated to Inclusive Community

The LBJ School of Public Affairs has named the winners of its inaugural Dean’s Advancement for Inclusion Awards, created to highlight the activities of LBJ students, faculty and staff dedicated to fostering an inclusive community.

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Media MentionMarch 20, 2017
Law enforcement groups oppose some of the bills filed in response to Sandra Bland's death

Sandra Bland's death in the Waller County Jail in July 2015 sparked public outrage and calls for changes to the criminal justice system. LBJ professor and criminal justice expert Michele Deitch discusses how police encounters can escalate. 

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