Governor’s Public Safety Subcabinet Announces Partnership With Vera Institute Of Justice

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons, chairman of the Governor’s Public Safety Subcabinet, announced that the group is partnering with the Vera Institute of Justice to review sentencing and correction policies and practices with an aim towards improving public safety for all Tennesseans. 

Department of Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield, a member of the subcabinet, has led the charge in putting this partnership together, and Vera’s technical assistance will come at no cost to Tennessee taxpayers.  

The review will build on the Public Safety Subcabinet’s work over the last three years including the state’s public safety action plan that was introduced in January 2012.        

“We are fortunate that Vera has chosen Tennessee as a state to invest its resources and expertise,” Gibbons said.  “It says a lot about the things we’re doing right in Tennessee, and we want to build on that progress to continue our work to improve public safety for our citizens.  Commissioner Schofield deserves credit for leading the way to make this partnership a reality.”  

“The Department of Correction is following an ambitious path to significantly improve how offenders are supervised,” Schofield said.  “We are actively engaged in adopting best practices that are suitable and sustainable in Tennessee because we know that a ‘cookie cutter’ approach to public safety will not work.”   

“We are eager to begin working with the state of Tennessee under the strong leadership of Gov. Haslam who, along with the Public Safety Subcabinet, has shown a commitment to thinking broadly and deeply about how to make the criminal justice system in Tennessee more effective and to provide better public safety outcomes,” Peggy McGarry, director of the Center on Sentencing and Corrections at the Vera Institute of Justice, said. 

The Governor’s Public Safety Subcabinet includes commissioners of the departments of Safety and Homeland Security, Correction, Mental Health, Children’s Services, Health, and Military, along with the chairman of the Board of Probation and Parole, the directors of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (Department of Transportation), Office of Criminal Justice Programs (Department of Finance and Administration), Law Enforcement Training Academy (Department of Commerce and Insurance), and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. 

The Vera Institute of Justice is a national, independent, non-partisan justice policy and research organization based in New York. Vera has decades of experience partnering with state and local governments across the United States to improve their justice systems. Vera’s work on this important project will be supported by a grant from the Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust.

 



TechTown And Library Host littleBits #InventAnything Day Saturday

TechTown and the Chattanooga Public Library will host a free Make-a-Thon with littleBits electronics on Global #InventAnything Day Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Library's 2nd Floor. The Library is at 1001 Broad St.   This will be a free exploration workshop using littleBits magnetic circuitry kits for children and adults alike. Students, educators, and their ... (click for more)

Weekly Road Construction Report

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County:  South Crest Road Bridge repair project over I-24 (between MM 182.3 – 182.4) and East Main Street (Mid-State Construction Co, Inc.):  Work on this major bridge repair project on the South Crest Road Bridge over I-24 and East Main Street in Chattanooga continues. During the project, the bridge itself is ... (click for more)

Robber Is Shot By Victim In Attempted Robbery On East 43rd Street

One person was shot during a robbery attempt at 4314 Rossville Blvd. around 1:50 p.m. on Thursday.  The Chattanooga Police Department is investigating the robbery that ended in a shooting near East 43rd St. at Miller Auto Sales.  The robbery victim shot the suspect.  The suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Fire On Crutchfield Street Ruled Arson

Chattanooga fire investigators have determined that last Thursday’s fire at 1207 Crutchfield St.  that nearly killed four people was deliberately set. Lt. Henry McElvain with the Fire Investigation Division said he cannot divulge the reason why he thinks it’s arson, but he is asking for help from the public. If anyone has information that can help solve this case, call ... (click for more)

The Problems With Prescription Drug Addiction

In Tennessee today, we have a major problem with prescription drug addiction, particularly when powerful opioid pain relievers are concerned.    For the first time in 2012, Tennesseans abused prescription opioid drugs more than alcohol.  Our young people ages 18-25 abuse prescription opioids at a 30 percent higher rate than the national average.  In just five ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Hillman Of Bihar

In the year of our Lord, 1927, there was a very poor child born to a very poor family in a very poor place. His name was Dasrath Manjhi and he was a native of the Musahar community somewhere in India. We know he had no education and, as a member of the lowest Hindu scheduled castes, he didn’t have a cut dog’s chance from the very get go. But after spending considerable time in ... (click for more)