Haslam Announces Juvenile Justice Reform Council Before Leaving Office - Articles

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Posted by: Jarod Word on Jan 23, 2019

On his last full day in office, former Governor Bill Haslam announced an 18-member panel that will advocate for continued juvenile justice reform, The Tennessean reports. The new Juvenile Justice Reform Implementation Council — comprised of government officials, lawyers and law enforcement — is tasked with overseeing the state’s Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018 and making additional recommendations if necessary. Regarding the recent developments, Haslam said “this legislation was a positive first step and there is more work to be done with respect to juvenile justice and criminal justice reform in Tennessee… This Council will help ensure that reform is pursued in a responsible manner.” Gov. Bill Lee has said that he will continue to advance this cause by pursuing sentencing reform and improving re-entry programs for offenders.