Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, March 9, 2018

Thompson Center event focuses on criminal justice reform

La Follette School faculty affiliates Mike Massoglia and Cecelia Klingele are among the participants in the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership’s Criminal Justice Reform conference. The two-day conference is April 26 and 27 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison.

Policymakers and academics will focus on how state lawmakers can revise the criminal justice system so that it is more cost-efficient without damaging the safety of the community. The conference will bring together participants from various political ideologies to engender bipartisan support and helpful discussions.

Massoglia will moderate two panel discussions on prisoner re-entry, and Klingele will moderate a discussion on prosecutorial discretion. Massoglia is a professor of sociology, and Klingele is an associate professor of law.

Professor Jennifer Doleac of the University of Virginia, who is participating in a prisoner re-entry discussion, also will share her experience during a Behavioral Insights for Government (BIG) lecture at the Madison Public Library on Wednesday, April 25. Doleac is an assistant professor of public policy and economics and founding director of the Justice Tech Lab.

Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, will give the keynote presentation Thursday, April 26.

La Follette School faculty members Don Moynihan, Tim Smeeding, Dave Weimer, and Susan Yackee serve on the Thompson Center’s Faculty Advisory Committee along with La Follette faculty affiliates Mike Wagner and Klingele. Thompson Center Director Ryan Owens also is a La Follette School faculty affiliate