The Public Safety Advisory Board was created in HF 2531 (FY 2011 Standing Appropriations Act). The Act defined the duties of the Board and appropriated $140,000 and 2.0 FTE positions from the Underground Storage Tank Fund to the Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning (CJJP) within the Department of Human Rights.
The Criminal and Juvenile Justice Advisory Council met and determined that its full membership would serve as members of the Public Safety Advisory Board.
- Staff from CJJP created an electronic survey to gather information on justice system improvements to focus efforts of the Public Safety Advisory Board.
- Creation of four Subcommittees - Sentencing Structure, Correctional Policy, Efficiency, and Specific Crimes. The Committee referred the issue of sex offenses to the Sex Offender Research Council, and juvenile issues to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Council.
- The Sex Offender Research Council met and discussed specific issues regarding juvenile sex offenders plus Iowa’s sex offender laws.
- The Juvenile Justice Advisory Council met and discussed juveniles serving life sentences and juvenile waivers to adult court.
- The Correctional Policy Subcommittee met and focused on presentence investigations, risk assessments, and information provided to judges by corrections’ agencies.
- The Sentencing Structure Subcommittee met and discussed mandatory minimum terms for drug offenses and life without parole for non-homicide juvenile offenders.
- The Efficiency Subcommittee met and the primary topic was the process of writing and transmitting sentencing orders from judges to the corrections system.
- The Specific Crimes Subcommittee met and discussed sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine.
- The Public Safety Advisory Board met and received reports from the four Subcommittees, the Sex Offender Research Council, and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Council. The Board approved a draft of the required Report to the Iowa General Assembly, as mandated in HF 2531.
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