criminal justice reform

Where to watch Gov. Lee’s roundtable on criminal justice reform

Gov. Bill Lee welcomes delegates to a summit on economically distressed counties in Linden on Aug. 13, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee is hosting a virtual roundtable on criminal justice reform Wednesday featuring former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and others.

The event starts at 11:15 a.m. Central, and can be viewed at one two places:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GovBillLee/

YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/GovBillLee/featured

Lee hosting roundtable on criminal justice reform including Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry

Gov. Bill Lee speaks at a press conference in Nashville on March 22, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee is hosting a roundtable on criminal justice reform on Wednesday featuring former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, among others.

Here’s the release from the governor’s office:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is kicking off Second Chance Month by hosting a roundtable conversation on criminal justice policy with conservative thought leaders, including former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, former Governor Rick Perry, Pat Nolan, Brooke Rollins and Josh Smith.

“Criminal justice reform is still somewhat of a conservative frontier, and with our strong proposals, we can reduce recidivism, save taxpayer dollars and make Tennessee communities safer,” said Gov. Lee. “I look forward to a thoughtful discussion on how Tennessee can lead the nation in balancing the notion of justice with the public safety outcomes we all expect.”

“The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has consistently scored legislation in states across the country similar to that which Governor Lee has proposed,” said David Safavian, General Counsel for ACUF. “We view the underlying tenets of his approach as built on conservative ideals of improving community safety, advancing human dignity, reducing wasteful spending and the belief in redemption.”

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