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Gov. Reynolds announces Governor’s FOCUS Committee on Criminal Justice Reform Members

This news story was published on November 4, 2019.
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DES MOINES– Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the members of the Governor’s FOCUS Committee on Criminal Justice Reform (Fueling Ongoing Collaboration and Uncovering Solutions). Their first meeting will be held on Thursday, November 7th.

“This diverse group of stakeholders will help us take our criminal justice reform efforts to the next level and build on our past success,” said Gov. Reynolds. “Iowans believe in the power of redemption and second chances and it’s why we are focused on reducing recidivism and eliminating barriers to successful re-entry.”

“I look forward to working with the FOCUS Committee to find concrete solutions to improve our criminal justice system,” said Lt. Gov. Gregg. “I believe we will be able to develop recommendations to make real progress on the challenging and complex issues we face.”

Members of the Governor’s FOCUS Committee on Criminal Justice Reform:

Iowa Department of Corrections

Adam Gregg, Lt. Governor (Chair)

Dr. Beth Skinner, Director, Department of Corrections

Helen Miller, Chair, Board of Parole

Steve Bayens, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety

Judy Bradshaw, Director, Iowa Law Enforcement Academy

Jeff Wright, State Public Defender

Bruce Vander Sanden, Director, Sixth Judicial District, Department of Correctional Services

Betty Andrews, President of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP

Rev. Alfonso Perez, Member, Commission of Latino Affairs

John Koufos, National Director of Reentry Initiatives, Right on Crime

Janelle Melohn, Director, Crime Victims Assistance Division, Office of the Attorney General

Jennifer Miller, Marshall County Attorney

Darius Potts, Ankeny Police Chief

Tim Lane, Scott County Sheriff

Reynolds announced the groups formation at the 7th Annual Iowa Summit on Justice & Disparities, sponsored by the NAACP. The FOCUS committee will make recommendations to reduce recidivism through successful offender re-entry. This will form the foundation of a package of legislative proposals aimed at advancing our “2nd chance” initiative this year.

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    November 4, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    She should have appointed an ex-convict to find their take on recidivism.