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Iowa governor appoints criminal justice reform committee

first_imgMembers of the Governor’s FOCUS Committee on Criminal Justice Reform:Adam Gregg, Lt. Governor (Chair)Dr. Beth Skinner, Director, Department of CorrectionsHelen Miller, Chair, Board of ParoleSteve Bayens, Commissioner, Department of Public SafetyJudy Bradshaw, Director, Iowa Law Enforcement AcademyJeff Wright, State Public DefenderBruce Vander Sanden, Director, Sixth Judicial District, Department of Correctional ServicesBetty Andrews, President of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACPRev. Alfonso Perez, Member, Commission of Latino AffairsJohn Koufos, National Director of Reentry Initiatives, Right on CrimeJanelle Melohn, Director, Crime Victims Assistance Division, Office of the Attorney GeneralJennifer Miller, Marshall County AttorneyDarius Potts, Ankeny Police ChiefTim Lane, Scott County Sheriff DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has named 14 officials to a committee she’s created that will make recommendations for removing racial bias from the Iowa criminal justice system and help reduce recidivism among former offenders.Reynolds says the group’s recommendations will form the foundation of a package of legislative proposals aimed at advancing her second chance initiative which will include her continued push for a constitutional amendment that grants felons the right to vote.The committee is chaired by Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg and includes leaders from departments of corrections, public safety, the law enforcement academy, the parole board and state public defender’s office.She’s also included on the committee a county sheriff, a police chief, a county attorney and leaders of the NAACP, a Latino affairs group and a crime victim lawyer from the Iowa attorney general’s office.The first meeting will be Thursday.last_img read more

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