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Federal Priorities Task Force

The Council’s first member Task Force is underway. Chaired by former Georgia Governor and Congressman Nathan Deal, its mission is 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 Task Force will release recommendations this fall.

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
 Georgia

 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
 Kentucky
   
 Michael Nutter
 Former Mayor
 Philadelphia
 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.