NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Senator Ed Jackson (R-Jackson) will attend a summit hosted by the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the Association of State Correctional Administrators in Washington, D.C., in November. The two-day summit will gather leaders from all 50 states to build a better understanding of the crime, arrest and correctional system trends in their jurisdictions.
“When working with the corrections system, the biggest challenge is not a shortage of ideas, but sifting through the massive amounts of data and information presented by many different stakeholders,” said Jackson. “This summit gives us the opportunity to join other states in studying the national landscape of crime, corrections and behavioral health trends. Through this summit, we will study the highs and lows of the national trends and get a better understanding of what can best serve Tennessee.”
In preparation for the summit, data will be collected on crime, arrests, recidivism, correctional populations and other criminal justice system metrics for all 50 states. The data will then be analyzed and used as examples of lessons learned, case studies and research-based principles at the summit.
Each state team will include the state director of the department of corrections, a key state lawmaker, a person who channels the perspective of local law enforcement and a state- or local-level behavioral health official.
“Through our focus and collaboration, we can work towards developing the most effective solutions to the difficulties Tennessee’s correctional system faces and create new improvements to keep Tennessee safe for generations to come,” added Jackson.