Michele Deitch

Michele Deitch

Distinguished Senior Lecturer

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
Youth in the adult criminal justice system
Management of youth in custody
Teaching Areas:
Criminal Justice Policy
Youth Justice Policy
Policy Development
Advanced Research

Michele Deitch holds a joint appointment as a distinguished senior lecturer at the LBJ School and the Law School, and she directs LBJ's Prison and Jail Innovation Lab (PJIL), a policy resource center focused on the safe and humane treatment of people in custody. She is an attorney who has worked for over 35 years on criminal justice and juvenile justice policy issues with state and local government officials, corrections administrators, judges and advocates. She specializes in independent oversight of correctional institutions, prison and jail conditions, managing youth in custody, and youth in the adult criminal justice system. Deitch co-chairs the American Bar Association's Subcommittee on Correctional Oversight, and helped draft the ABA's Standards on the Treatment of Prisoners. Her publications include a report on the status of correctional oversight in the United States; a report about COVID deaths in custody in Texas; a report on COVID's effects on women in prisons and jails; and many reports on juvenile justice that have helped change the treatment of youth tried as adults.

Deitch's work has impacted public policy through legislative testimony and work with key legislators, including on Texas's Sandra Bland Act. Prior to entering academia, she served as a federal court-appointed monitor of conditions in the Texas prison system, policy director of Texas's sentencing commission, general counsel to the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee, and consultant to justice system agencies around the country. Her TEDx talk, "Why are we trying kids as adults?" was named a TEDx Editor's Pick in January 2015.

Her teaching awards include being named to the 2019 Texas 10 list of the most inspiring professors at UT Austin. She has been a Soros Senior Justice Fellow, and recieved the 2019 Flame Award from the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE).

Courses Taught
Spring 2024 - 59565 - PA 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Spring 2023 - 60210 - PA 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Spring 2023 - 60235 - PA 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Fall 2023 - 61105 - PA 388K - Advanced Research in Criminal Justice: Correctional Culture Change
Fall 2023 - 61194 - PA 388K - YOUTH JUSTICE/POLICY DEVELPMNT
Spring 2022 - 59200 - PA 388K - ADVANCED RESEARCH IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Fall 2022 - 60735 - PA 383C - Policy Development
Spring 2021 - 60609 - PA 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Spring 2021 - 60630 - PA 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Fall 2021 - 60909 - PA 383C- Policy Development
Fall 2021 - 60960 - PA 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Spring 2020 - 58350 - PA 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Spring 2020 - 58190 - PA 680PB - Policy Research Project
Fall 2020 - 58930 - PA 383C - Policy Development
Fall 2020 - 58965 - PA 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Spring 2019 - 60040 - PA 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Spring 2019 - 60070 - PA 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Fall 2019 - 59185 - PA 383C - Policy Development
Fall 2019 - 59075 - PA 680PA - Policy Research Project
Spring 2018 - 60713 - PA 388K – Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Spring 2018 - 60740 - PA 388K – Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Fall 2018 - 60660 - PA 383C - Policy Development
Spring 2017 - 61397 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Spring 2017 - 61400 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Spring 2016 - 60125 - PA680PB - Policy Research Project
Spring 2016 - 60335 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Fall 2016 - 60649 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Spring 2015 - 61110 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Spring 2015 - 61190 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Fall 2015 - 59770 - PA680PA - Policy Research Project
Spring 2014 - 63310 - PA680PB - Policy Research Project
Spring 2014 - 63465 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Fall 2014 - 62620 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Spring 2013 - 62770 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Fall 2013 - 63465 - PA680PA - Policy Research Project
Fall 2013 - 63630 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
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