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Iowa Summit on Justice & Disparities Stacked LogoIOWA CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM MEETINGS ANNOUNCED.


Greetings All,

 In the press release below are the public meeting dates for the Governor's Working  Group on Justice Policy Reform.  This committee was announced at the 3rd Annual Iowa Summit on Justice & Disparities on August 28 during Gov. Branstad's Power Panel.   As you may know the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP has been working with the Governor on issues based around reducing the over-representation on African Americans in Iowa's criminal justice system.  This working group is a one of the results of this on going work.
 Now that the governor has appointed this group, we need the support of the community and change agents to make a difference.  The NAACP is requesting that the community and interested be involved.
 Here is how you can help:
1.  Forward this message to everyone and every organization/agency you know that is interested in criminal justice reform.
2.  Ensure that you or your agency are present and engaged at these meetings.
3.  Organize to support the continued reform by making recommendations, sharing concerns, lobbying law and policy makers for change.
If you are committed to this work and bringing about change, now is the time to show it.  Please be present.  This is Not Just a Moment.  Its  a Movement!
Thank you for your support,
Betty C. Andrews
President | Iowa-Nebraska NAACP State Area Conference of Branches
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Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2015 2:00 PM
Subject: RELEASE: Public meeting dates set for Governor's Working Group on Justice Policy Reform
Governor Terry E. Branstad « Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 17, 2015
Contact: Governor’s Office 515-281-5211
Public meeting dates set for
Governor’s Working Group on Justice Policy Reform
Branstad encourages public engagement in reforming Iowa criminal justice practices
(Des Moines) – Public meeting dates for the Governor’s Working Group on Justice Policy Reform today were announced after Gov. Terry Branstad announced the formation of the group at the Iowa Summit on Justice and Disparities on August 28, 2015.  The summit was organized by the Iowa-Nebraska State Conference of Branches for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). 
The purpose of the working group is to research and make policy recommendations related to reforms in Iowa criminal justice practices. The group will consist of a core group of experts on justice polices, and have the access to all state agencies and resources for information and assistance.
The public meeting dates are as follows:
Thursday, September 24, 2015
G9, Robert Ray Conference Room at the Iowa Capitol
Topic:  Mental health/drug courts and jury pool selection 
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
G9, Robert Ray Conference Room at the Iowa Capitol
Topic:  Juvenile records and prison/jail phone rates
Thursday, October 15, 2015
G9, Robert Ray Conference Room at the Iowa Capitol
Topic:  Subgroup updates and open discussion with public 
Thursday, October 29, 2015
G9, Robert Ray Conference Room at the Iowa Capitol
Topic:  Review of subgroup proposals and final strategy recommendations
The members of the working group are as follows:
                -Adam Gregg – State Public Defender
                -Dr. Roxann Ryan – Commissioner of Public Safety
                -Betty Andrews – NAACP’s Representative
                -David Boyd – State Court Administrator
                -Alan Ostergren – County Attorney’s Representative
                -Kevin McCarthy – Attorney General’s Representative
                -Jerry Bartruff – Director of the Department of Corrections
                -John Hodges – Chair, Iowa Board of Parole
The working group members will set aside three hours for each meeting.  The meetings could end before the conclusion of the three hours allocated if there are not further comments from the public, stakeholders or working group members. 
The Governor’s Working Group on Justice Policy Reform will present a written report to the governor, stakeholders, and the public in November, so that the Iowa Legislature can consider these recommendations in the 2016 legislative session.


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