Speakers

Photo Name Summary City State
Dr. Richard Watkins

  Dr. Richard Kimball Watkins was the senior warden of a 2000-bed correctional facility where he was responsible for the conduct of 500 employees and the annual budget of $9.3 million until his retirement in 2005. Dr. Watkins is a decorated Vietnam veteran pilot who received the Purple Heart Medal and the Air Medal. As […]

TX
Petty Officer Larry Talley (Ret.)

  Larry Talley served in the United States Navy from 1987-2007 as an intelligence specialist and was stationed at Naval Special Warfare Unit Eight in the Republic of Panama from 1991-1998.  Under the Joint lnteragency Task Force, the organization in charge of counterdrug missions, his command was tasked with many different interdiction operations; some included training […]

TX
Richard Newton, Drug Interdiction Aviation Pilot (Ret.)

Richard Newton spent 32 years working in federal drug enforcement. In the U.S. Marine Corps, he piloted helicopters and operated from amphibious aircraft carriers. After leaving the Marines as a Major, he piloted aircraft for US. Customs and Border Protection.    

TX
Officer Silvestre Tanenbaum (Fmr.)

Silvestre Tanenbaum is a former Patrol Officer for city of Carrollton, Texas and Logistics Manager for the United States Army.

TX
Dr. Michael Gilbert

Dr. Michael Gilbert has over 20 years of experience working in corrections and criminal justice as a manager, trainer, consultant, and researcher. Dr. Gilbert is a retired professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas, San Antonio. He is currently the Executive Director of  National Association of Community and Restorative Justice.

TX
Officer Brian Chapman (Fmr.)

Brian Chapman is a former probation officer with the Dallas County Community Supervision and Corrections Department. Chapman began to doubt the efficacy of the War on Drugs almost immediately after beginning his career.

TX
Chief Todd Radford

Chief Todd Radford began his 30-year law enforcement career with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office in 1987, where he worked patrol, investigations, and field training assignments. He also served as a SWAT team member and training academy instructor.

TX
Justice Rebeca Martinez

In 2013, Justice Martinez was elected to the Fourth Court of Appeals for the State of Texas, where she currently serves. She is a member of the State Bar Pro Bono College and the College of the State Bar.

TX
Judge Beckie Palomo

Judge Beckie Palomo began her legal career as a prosecutor in the Webb County District Attorney’s Office, where she served for eight years and advocated on behalf of crime victims. In 2007, Judge Palomo was unanimously appointed as the Webb County Community Supervision and Corrections Department Director where she oversaw the rehabilitation of over 2800 […]

TX
Detective Neil Woods (Ret.)

Neil Woods served with the Derbyshire Constabulary for 26 years as a Detective and Detective Sergeant. For thirteen of those years, he worked undercover on drug cases, purchasing heroin and crack cocaine and infiltrating organized crime. He trained social workers and youth social workers on the effects of drugs and taught undercover techniques throughout Yorkshire […]

UK