Advancing Justice: An Agenda for Human Dignity & Public Safety

Criminal justice and policing reforms are gaining momentum with concrete gains at the state and federal level. However, there is much more that needs to be done.

The Charles Koch Institute is holding a summit to help identify the next set of priorities, and to support a broad coalition that can help address barriers to further progress. We want to bring together the leading figures in this movement: policy makers, academics, think tanks, community activists, non-profits, elected officials, religious groups, etc., and together propose real, meaningful, lasting solutions. We are committed to supporting the best ideas and lending our voice to the national conversation for an advancement in human dignity and greater public safety.



3pm – Onwards


6pm – Onwards

Reception: Welcome and Remarks

  • Brian Hooks, Charles Koch Institute/Charles Koch Foundation
  • Vikrant P. Reddy, Charles Koch Institute
  • Brooke L. Rollins, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Johnny C. Taylor Jr., Thurgood Marshall College Fund
  • Howard J. Wall, Lindenwood University


8:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast: Overcriminalization and Tangible Objects: Reflections on Yates v. United States

  • Vikrant P. Reddy, Charles Koch Institute

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

Plenary Panel: Ultimate Arbiters: A Conversation on the Judiciary’s Pursuit of Justice

  • The Honorable Richard L. Nygaard, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • The Honorable Ricardo H. Hinojosa, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Paul Cassell, University of Utah College of Law
  • Vikrant P. Reddy, Charles Koch Institute (Moderator)

10 – 11 a.m.

Break-Out: To Protect and Serve: The Militarization of Police

  • Tim Lynch, Cato Institute
  • Kara Dansky, One Thousand Arms
  • Peter Kraska, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Ronald T. Hosko, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
  • William Ruger, Charles Koch Institute (Moderator)

Break-Out: Striking the Balance: Sentencing and Public Safety in America

  • Julie Stewart, Families Against Mandatory Minimums
  • Erik Luna, Arizona State University
  • Stephen Walker, California Correctional Peace Officers Association
  • Nkechi Taifa, Open Society Foundations
  • Ewan Watt, Charles Koch Institute (Moderator)

Break-Out: Justice Delivered: Protecting Liberty and Gideon’s Legacy

  • Norman Reimer, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Doug Colbert, University of Maryland Carey School of Law
  • Jonathan Rapping, Gideon’s Promise
  • Kim Ball, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Rick Jones, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
  • Phyllis Mann, Sixth Amendment Center (Moderator)

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Break-Out: Privacy, Patrols, and the Future of Policing in America

  • Chief Dean Esserman, New Haven Police Department
  • Anne Milgram, Laura and John Arnold Foundation
  • Jim Bueermann, Police Foundation
  • Ronnie Dunn, Cleveland State University
  • Kirsten Levingston, Ford Foundation (Moderator)

Break-Out: Protecting the Innocent in An Era of Overcriminalization

  • John Baker, Louisiana State University
  • Sidney Powell, Sidney Powell, P.C.
  • James Copland, Manhattan Institute
  • Stephen Smith, University of Notre Dame
  • Shana-Tara O’Toole, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Moderator)

Break-Out: Re-entry: Realizing the Full Opportunity of a Second Chance

  • Jody Lewen, Prison University Project
  • Shereese Turner, Twin Cities Rise!
  • Leroy Perry, New Orleans Mission
  • Tina Naidoo, Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative
  • JaKathryn Ross, Georgia-Pacific (Moderator)

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch: Keynote

  • Governor Jack Markell, State of Delaware

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.


2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Plenary: Second Chances: Prison Entrepreneurship Program

  • Bert Smith, Prison Entrepreneurship Program

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Plenary Panel: An Opportunity Agenda: The Business Community’s Role in Re-Entry

  • Mark Holden, Koch Industries Inc.
  • Kurt E. Moore, K-Love’s Auto Detailing
  • Bill Hammond, Texas Association of Business
  • Tom Bennett, EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute
  • Vikrant P. Reddy, Charles Koch Institute (Moderator)

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Break-Out: Policing and Property Rights: What’s Next for Civil Asset Forfeiture?

  • John Malcolm, Heritage Foundation
  • Nelson Bunn, National District Attorneys Association
  • Hal Stratton, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
  • Darpana Sheth, Institute for Justice
  • Derek Cohen, Texas Public Policy Foundation (Moderator)

Break-Out: Justice and Morality: A Faith-Based Approach to Reform

  • Craig DeRoche, Justice Fellowship
  • Allison DeFoor, Episcopal Diocese of Florida
  • Bert Smith, Prison Entrepreneurship Program
  • Tim Head, Faith and Freedom Coalition
  • Brianna Walden, Charles Koch Institute (Moderator)

Break-Out: Reform in the States: A Survey of Success

  • Andrew Page, Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Rep. Jerry Madden, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Jenna Moll, U.S. Justice Action Network
  • Jim Seward, South Dakota Governor’s Office
  • Kevin Kane, Pelican Institute (Moderator)

5 – 6 p.m.

Break-Out: Voices for Reform: Turning Ideas into Action

  • Alison Holcomb, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Holly Harris, U.S. Justice Action Network
  • Heather Rice-Minus, Justice Fellowship
  • Ana Yáñez-Correa, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
  • Jessica Jackson Sloan, #Cut50 (Moderator)

Break-Out: Community Solutions: Alternatives to Incarceration

  • Marc Levin, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Norris Henderson, Voice of the Ex-Offender (V.O.T.E.)
  • David E. Camic, Camic Johnson, Ltd.
  • Laurie R. Garduque, MacArthur Foundation
  • Nick Turner, Vera Institute (Moderator)

Break-Out: Where’s the Data? Addressing Your Research Needs

  • William R. Kelly, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ryan King, Urban Institute
  • Tony Fabelo, Council of State Governments
  • William J. Sabol, Bureau of Justice Statistics
  • Allison Kasic, Charles Koch Foundation (Moderator)

6 – 7:10 p.m.


7:10 p.m.

Doors Open

7:30 – 8 p.m.

Dinner: Keynote

  • Governor Asa Hutchinson, State of Arkansas

8 – 9 p.m.

Plenary Panel: Criminal Justice & the Press: A Conversation

  • Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic
  • Reihan Salam, National Review
  • Scott Henson, Grits for Breakfast; Texas Innocence Project
  • Vikrant P. Reddy, Charles Koch Institute (Moderator)

9 – 10 p.m.

Dessert Reception


8:45 – 10 a.m.

Breakfast: Advancing Criminal Justice Reform in 2016 and Beyond

  • Stephanie Cutter, Precision Strategies; former Deputy Campaign Manager, Obama for America
  • Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
  • Vikrant P. Reddy, Charles Koch Institute (Moderator)

10 – 10:20 a.m.

A View from Capitol Hill

  • Rep. Cedric Richmond, U.S. House of Representatives

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Plenary Panel: Creating a Culture of Change: Telling the Stories of Reform

  • Daniel J. Chalfen, Naked Edge Films
  • Scott Budnick, Anti-Recidivism Coalition
  • Scott Christopherson, Peace Officer
  • Vikrant P. Reddy, Charles Koch Institute

11:30 a.m.

Advancing Justice: The Next Steps

  • Vikrant P. Reddy, Charles Koch Institute

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