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.

 



YES Chattanooga Begins Radio And Social Media Blitz

The YES Chattanooga campaign announced Wednesday the release of a new radio ad called “The Nation is Watching.” Supporters of the YES Chattanooga campaign are telling their story through this new radio ad and a social media campaign. The YES Chattanooga campaign launched a 10 second radio ad spot to be played starting tomorrow until election day on Aug. 7. Simultaneously, they ... (click for more)

Shane Daughetee Memorial Sign Dedication Is Thursday

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger will host the dedication ceremony for the Shane M. Daughetee Memorial Highway Sign on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.   The sign is a memorial to Shane Daughetee the volunteer firefighter who lost his life on Jan. 26, 2007, while battling a house fire.   The section of Highway 58 dedicated to the former firefighter of ... (click for more)

House Approves Expansion Of Chattanooga Veterans Affairs Clinic

The House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday to authorize funding for a new lease and expanded Veterans Affairs clinic in Chattanooga. This veterans’ package has been approved by the House and Senate Conference Committee.  Rep. Chuck Fleischmann said, “I am proud to announce the legislation passed this afternoon will fund a new lease for a multi-specialty ... (click for more)

Cleveland City Council To Hold Special Meeting On Naming New City Judge

The Cleveland City Council will hold a special called meeting next Monday to consider an interim appointment of a city judge. It will be at 11:45 a.m. at the City Council’s regular meeting place in the Cleveland Municipal Building, 190 Church Street, NE. The council will also establish the process for application for city judge. Longtime City Judge Bill Moss died July ... (click for more)

Thankful For Senators Alexander And Corker's Support Of The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Fleet - And Response (2)

America’s national security at home and abroad is important to all of us.  So it is very important to recognize and thank our leaders when they show strong support for our military. That’s why I am writing to thank Senators Alexander and Corker for their continued commitment to our great state, our nation, and especially to our military.  Their support ensures that ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Scottsboro’s Pat Trammell

I got a warm feeling Tuesday when it was announced Pat Trammell will be among those in the inaugural class of the Jackson County (Ala.) Sports Hall of Fame. When the august group is enshrined at Scottsboro’s Goose Pond Civic Center on Nov. 1, most folks won’t even know who Pat Trammell was but I knew all about him in my very first year as a fledgling sports writer back in 1967 and, ... (click for more)