Speakers

Photo Name Summary City State
Security Officer Dean Becker (Fmr.)

  Dean Becker was a U.S. Air Force security policeman in the 19605 and served as a nuclear-weapons security specialist. Becker is now a reporter, anchored at KPFT 90.1 FM in Houston, Texas.

TX
Judge Donald Jonz (Fmr.)

  Donald Wheeler Jonz is a former municipal judge, regional director of the Southeast Region of the Community Relations Service under the United States Department of Justice. He later became the deputy director for the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia.

TX
Senior Corporal Joe Morris (Fmr.)

Joe Morris spent 10 years with the Dallas Police Department, working both undercover and in uniform. As a specialist in crime scene investigation, he trained new officers and worked in the Research and Planning Division as a Research Analyst.

TX
Judge Jerry Epstein (Fmr.)

  Jerry Epstein is a former U.S. Marine Corps officer and served as a prosecutor, defense attorney, and judge under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Jerry has closely studied the problem of drug abuse and addiction and is a co- founder of the Drug Policy Forum of Texas.  

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
Lieutenant Jay Hall (Ret.)

  Jay Hall served as a police officer in the Houston Police Department for 24 years before transitioning to  a juvenile probation officer in Indiana where he focused on prevention. He subsequently became an adult parole officer where his primary focus was on rehabilitation.

TX
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
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