State Director Appointed to National Board on Criminal Justice Policy

Thursday, August 18, 2016 | 02:42pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee’s director of the Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP) has been re-appointed to the board of directors for a national organization that helps shape and implement criminal justice policy. Bill Scollon will serve on the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) board for the 2016-17 term. Scollon previously served on the NCJA board from 2013-2015.  

“I am honored to be appointed to this important group of national leaders and to have the opportunity to collaborate and advance criminal justice policy,” Scollon said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues from across the country as we guide the national program through an often challenging and constantly changing national environment.”

Scollon was named to the NCJA board along with a new Executive Committee. He has been director of the state’s OCJP for over 6 years and has also served since 1994 on the adjunct faculty at Middle Tennessee State University. He began his career with the state in 1989 as a probation officer.

Karhlton Moore, executive director of the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services, was elected President of the NCJA board after serving two terms as Vice President and will lead the Executive Committee. Christian Kervick, executive director of the Delaware Criminal Justice Council was elected Vice President.

The NCJA Board of Directors and the Executive Committee formulate and guide the policy and direction of the association. The NCJA represents state, tribal and local criminal and juvenile justice practitioners, and works to promote a balanced approach to communities' complex public safety, criminal and juvenile justice system problems. Its members represent all facets of the criminal and juvenile justice community, from law enforcement, corrections, prosecution, defense, courts, victim-witness services and educational institutions to federal, state and local elected officials.

The OCJP functions as a strategic planning agency that secures, distributes, and manages federal and state funds for Tennessee, including Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds and STOP Violence Against Women Program (STOP) funds. OCJP has oversight of a $54 million budget from 26 different funding sources.