Sentencing Task Force Makeup Under Scrutiny

The 27-member task force to examine the state’s sentencing laws is coming under scrutiny because it includes only one public defender. The Nashville Post reports that the task force put together by Gov. Bill Haslam includes state legislators, judges, agency heads, district attorneys, law enforcement officials, the head of the parole board, a mayor, a victim’s right advocate, the head of a group focused on substance abuse among women, the president of an organization of Memphis-areas CEOs and the head of a home repair company. “We were trying to get a good representation of everybody involved, and I’m confident we have people from a lot of different perspectives that can bring that,” Haslam said. A spokesman later added that ultimately the governor anticipates that “hundreds of Tennesseans” will be consulted.