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Walker looks at ways to improve criminal justice system

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks to the media at the state Capitol in Madison recently. Walker on Monday signed an executive order to create a 20-member council that will study ways to improve criminal justice policy, operations and outcome and increase public safety. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Gov. Scott Walker on Monday signed Executive Order No. 62, creating the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

The 20-member council will study ways to improve criminal justice policy, operations and outcome and increase public safety, according to a news release.

The council will be co-chaired by Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Department of Corrections Secretary Gary Hamblin.  Other members will include law enforcers, county leaders, a representative for victim’s rights, and at least one person who is from a race or ethnicity that is overrepresented in the criminal justice system.  The council will be primarily assisted and staffed by the Office of Justice Assistance.

The group will meet at least four times per year and annually report to the governor and other relevant state agencies including the Supreme Court.

The council’s goals include: reducing recidivism, reducing any future growth in correctional institutions, and improving coordination among all state law enforcement agencies.

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