Criminal Justice Study Begun In Massachusetts

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With a focus on employing cutting-edge crime fighting techniques, Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey yesterday announced creation of a 106-member commission that will begin a “comprehensive, cross-disciplinary look at the criminal justice system at every level,” the Boston Globe reports.

Called the Commission on Criminal Justice Innovation, the panel will report to Gov. Mitt Romney with a list of recommended changes to the state’s criminal laws as well as recommendations for new law enforcement practices and techniques, Healey said. Bipartisan commission’s subcommittees will focus on five topics: law enforcement training, forensic sciences, cross-agency information sharing, the safe reentry of inmates into society, and combating urban crime.

The subcommittees will include 88 law enforcement and criminal justice experts from across the state who will report to an 18-member executive committee made up of top law enforcement officials, including Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly, U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, Secretary of Public Safety Edward Flynn, State Police Colonel Thomas Foley, and Boston Police Commissioner Paul Evans. Reilly praised the commission’s bipartisan approach, saying it was important to ”take a fresh look” at the state’s law enforcement techniques.


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