Gov. Bill Lee Appoints Criminal Justice Investment Task Force Leadership

Group to develop public safety solutions
Wednesday, June 05, 2019 | 03:06pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the leadership of the Tennessee Criminal Justice Investment Task Force as established by Executive Order 6. 

“We are committed to addressing all aspects of the criminal justice system to improve public safety and reentry in our state,” said Gov. Lee. “Our task force represents multiple perspectives including law enforcement, state agencies, crime victims and families, community leaders and formerly incarcerated individuals.”


The task force steering committee includes:

Brandon Gibson (Chair), Office of the Governor 

Bill Gibbons, University of Memphis

Decosta Jenkins, Nashville Electric

Torry Johnson, Belmont University

Josh Smith, Master Dry


The task force also includes appointees who will oversee key areas for study. These appointments include:

Division VI Criminal Court Judge John Campbell, Criminal Code and Sentencing Examination

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long, Violent Crime

Executive Director of Men of Valor Raul Lopez, Education, Workforce Development and Re-Entry

Deputy Counsel to the Governor Clark Milner, Juvenile Justice Implementation Council

Tennessee Department of Children’s Services Commissioner Jennifer Nichols, Drivers of Crime

Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker, Probation/Parole

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Marie Williams, Mental Health and Substance Use


Over the next two legislative sessions, the task force will develop legislative and budgetary recommendations regarding the following public safety and reentry issues:

• Crime prevention and recidivism reduction

• Punishing violent crime promptly and effectively

• Supporting crime victims and their families

• Addressing mental health and substance abuse issues that lead to and impact incarceration

• Revising sentencing guidelines and parole/probation standards

• Addressing the rising fiscal and social costs of incarceration

• Preparing inmates to re-enter society and find pathways outside of crime through education and technical job training

• Equipping families and communities with tools to help returning citizens become productive members of society


During the 111th General Assembly, the Lee Administration passed measures to crack down on fentanyl traffickers, increase pay for corrections officers, increase the training pay supplement for first responders and law enforcement, reduce expungement fees and increase educational opportunities for incarcerated individuals.