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Federal Priorities Task Force

The Council’s first member Task Force on Federal Priorities released its report in late May. Chaired by former Georgia Governor and Congressman Nathan Deal, its mission was to articulate a consensus view of the actionable, politically-viable steps that the federal government can take in the short- to medium-term that will produce the greatest improvements in public safety and the administration of justice.

The diverse group came to consensus on 15 proposals that are realistic and achievable, yet also capable of producing profound change.

Read the report or watch the video panel to learn more about the recommendations.

 Task Force Members

 Eddie Bocanegra
 Senior Director
 READI Chicago

 Charles Ramsey
 Former Police Leader
 Chicago, D.C., & Philadelphia

 Steve Chanenson
 Law Professor
 Villanova University

 David Safavian
 General Counsel
 American Conservative Union  

 Nathan Deal, Chair
 Former Governor

 Donald Stern
Of Counsel
 Yurko, Salvesen & Remz

 Mark Holden
 Senior Vice President
 Koch Industries, Inc.

 Christina Swarns
President and Attorney-in-Charge
 Office of the Appellate

 Nancy LaVigne
 Vice President for Justice Policy
 Urban Institute

 Kimá Taylor
Former Director, Addiction Programs
 Open Society Foundations

 Janelle Melohn
 Victim Services Director
 Iowa Attorney General
 John Tilley 
 Justice Cabinet Secretary
 Michael Nutter
 Former Mayor
 Sally Yates
 Former Deputy Attorney General
 U.S. Department of Justice


Council Task Forces

As part of its array of activities, the Council sponsors Independent Task Forces composed of individual Council members that produce reports with findings and policy recommendations on matters of concern. Task Force subjects are selected by Council leadership and deliberations are facilitated by Council staff and consultants, but the Task Forces are solely responsible for the content of their reports. Neither the Council’s Board of Directors nor its Board of Trustees approves or disapproves the reports.

Diverse in backgrounds and perspectives, Task Force members aim to reach a meaningful consensus on findings and policy proposals through private, nonpartisan discussions. Task Force members are asked to join a consensus signifying that they endorse the general policy thrust and judgments reached by the group, though not necessarily every finding and recommendation. Each Task Force member also has the option of putting forward an additional or a dissenting view. Members’ affiliations are listed in reports for identification purposes only and do not imply institutional endorsement. Task Force observers may participate in discussions, but are not asked to join the consensus.