(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), April 16, 2013 — State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) has been appointed to serve as a member of the Second Look Commission. The Commission was put into place by the General Assembly in 2010 to review cases and procedures related to severe child abuse to determine if they were handled in a manner that provides adequate protection to the children.
The appointment was made in Nashville this week by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey. Overbey’s term on the 18-member Commission begins immediately and will expire on January 31, 2017. Other members of the Commission include representatives from law enforcement, the courts, state government officials, child advocates and the medical community.
“I’m honored by Lt. Governor Ramsey’s appointment,” said Senator Overbey. “Much of my legislative work in the General Assembly, including service on the Select Committee on Children and Youth, has been to improve the safety and welfare of our children. No child should have to suffer this kind of abuse and we need to make sure we have every protection possible in place to prevent such acts. We must look for ways that we can improve our safety network and court system to help these children.”
The Commission’s findings and recommendations will address all stages of investigating and attempting to remedy severe child abuse. It will also look at the risk of severe child abuse victims being returned to an environment where a second abuse might occur. In addition the panel will look at the procedures used by juvenile courts which have jurisdiction over criminal and civil child abuse and neglect, as well as the laws used to determine whether or not an alleged perpetrator is prosecuted. Finally, the Commission will examine the manner in which severe child abuse data is collected by government entities and any representation provided to victims.