State of Our State Conference

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 8:00am - 1:30pm

Phoenix Airport Marriott

1101 N. 44th St., Phoenix

NOV. 20, 2015
8am-1:30pm with Luncheon
• Registration open at 7:30am


Is criminal justice reform the answer
to Arizona's fiscal woes?

Keynote Speaker:
George Gascón
District Attorney of San Francisco
Law Enforcement Expert


The former police chief of Mesa returns to Arizona to talk about prison sentencing reform around the nation. Gascón, an internationally recognized law enforcement expert, will discuss how reform is not a liberal or conservative issue, but instead is founded on sound fiscal and public safety policies. Gascón became Mesa police chief in 2006 after serving as deputy chief for the Los Angeles Police Department. He left Arizona in 2009 to become police chief in San Francisco. He was appointed District Attorney there in January 2011 before being elected to the post in November 2011.

Concept Paper–Criminal Sentencing Reform



Announcing our:


Legacy Award: Join us in honoring Jack DeBolske
Champion of Arizona local government

John “Jack” DeBolske will be presented the Morrison Institute for Public Policy Legacy Award at the State of Our State Conference luncheon.

DeBolske, executive director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns for 40 years (1957-1997), is credited with promoting the council/manager form of governance. In 1967 he helped create the Councils of Governments in  Arizona and the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), which he led from 1967 to 1996. He also helped secure funding for the regional freeway system in 1985 via passage of a half-cent sales tax designated for transportation – one of the first of its kind in the nation.



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Research & Perspectives

Our audience has a critical voice in the State of Our State Conference. In order to stimulate robust and informed dialogue, we encourage State of Our State attendees to read this set of white papers prior to joining us at the event on Friday.
All but one of these papers were written by guest authors who are not affiliated with Morrison Institute for Public Policy. While experts in criminal justice issues, these authors do not represent Morrison Institute and are sharing their own viewpoints. Morrison Institute’s goal is to present a diverse range of opinions on these important topics.

Click on each Whitepaper for PDF download: