Marc Levin

Marc Levin

Marc A. Levin, Esq., is the director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation ( and Policy Director of its Right on Crime initiative (, which he led the effort to develop in 2010. Levin’s criminal justice work with the Foundation has been cited by leading policymakers as playing a key role in Texas adult and juvenile justice reforms that have saved $2 billion dollars in avoided incarceration costs and contributed to the state having its lowest crime rate since 1968.

In the summer of 2010, he and his colleagues developed the Right on Crime initiative, which was launched by the Texas Public Policy Foundation at the end of 2010. Right on Crime has become the national clearinghouse for conservative criminal justice reforms, receiving coverage in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, National Review, New York Times, Fox Business News, and The Washington Post.

Marc has testified on sentencing reform, overcriminalization, and solitary confinement at separate hearings before the U.S. Congress and has testified before legislatures in states such as Texas, Nevada, Kansas, Wisconsin, and California. Levin has also addressed numerous conferences, such as the Council for National Policy, National Conference of State Legislatures, Hewlett Foundation, and American Legislative Exchange Council.

In 2007, Levin was honored in a resolution unanimously passed by the Texas House of Representatives saluting his role in juvenile justice reform. It stated in part, “Mr. Levin’s intellect is unparalleled and his research is impeccable.”

Levin served as a law clerk to Judge Will Garwood on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Staff Attorney at the Texas Supreme Court. He has also served as State Vice Chairman of the Young Conservatives of Texas. His work has been published in numerous periodicals including The Wall Street Journal, Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Dallas Morning News, National Law Journal, and Houston Chronicle.