The Veterans Justice Commission is examining the extent and nature of veterans’ involvement in the criminal justice system and developing recommendations for evidence-based policy changes that enhance safety, health, and justice.

Launched in August 2022, the Commission is assessing the risk factors that drive veterans’ justice-system involvement, the adequacy of transitional assistance for military service members as they reenter civilian life, and the effectiveness of the justice system response when veterans break the law.

The Commission is chaired by former U.S. Defense Secretary and U.S. Senator Charles Hagel and includes former defense secretary and White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta as well as 13 other leaders representing veterans, the military, the Veterans Administration, community advocates, and various sectors of the justice system.

Commission Members

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visits with Naval War College President Rear Admiral P. "Gardner" Howe in his office prior to participating in a moderated forum in the college's auditorium in Newport, RI, September 3, 2014. DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett (Released)
Hon. Charles Hagel
24th Secretary of Defense
U.S. Department of Defense
Former U.S. Senator (NE)
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Michael P. Boggs
Chief Justice
Supreme Court of Georgia
Carla Bugg
Criminal Justice Services Coordinator
Recovery Organization of Support Specialists
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Dr. Andrea Finlay, PhD
Research Health Scientist
Veterans Administration Center for Innovation to Implementation
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Pelicia Hall
Senior Vice President
ViaPath Technologies
Former Commissioner
Mississippi Department of Corrections
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Greg Hamilton
Chief Customer Officer
Sheriff of Travis County, Austin, TX (ret.)
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Major General Mark Inch
Corrections Consultant, Mark 2.54, LLC
9th Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons
U.S. Army (ret.)
Sergeant Major Alford McMichael
14th Sergeant Major of the
U.S. Marine Corps (ret.)
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General Maryanne Miller
United States Air Force (ret.)
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Justice Eileen C. Moore
Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal
Army Nurse Corps, United States Army
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Hon. Leon Panetta
23rd Secretary of Defense
U.S. Department of Defense
Former White House Chief of Staff
Former U.S. Congressman (CA)
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Vincent W.
Patton III, EdD
Senior VP for Leadership Development, NewDay USA
8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the
U.S. Coast Guard (ret.)
Major General
Angela Salinas
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
United States Marine Corps (ret.)
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Dr. Ronald Self, PhD
Founder and Executive Director
Veterans Healing Veterans
from the Inside Out
Former U.S. Marine
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Dr. Jo Sornborger, PsyD
Executive Director
Operation Mend, UCLA Health
Jim Seward
Jim Seward
(Project Director)
Veterans Justice Commission, CCJ
Former General Counsel to Gov. Dennis Daugaard (SD)
Colonel, United States Army
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General Peter Chiarelli
(Senior Adviser)
Member, CCJ Board of Trustees
Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army (ret.)

About the Art

The banner design was created by an adult in custody designer in the Oregon Corrections Enterprises (OCE) Graphic Design program. The mission of OCE, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Corrections, is to promote public safety by providing adults in custody with work and training opportunities in a self-sustaining organization.


Support for the Veterans Justice Commission comes from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, the Just Trust, the National Football League, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, T. Denny Sanford, Southern Company Foundation, and the Wilf Family Foundations as well as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, #StartSmall, and other CCJ general operating contributors.