By CSG Justice Center Staff
Governors from across the country and on both sides of the aisle will take action this week and beyond to join the Face to Face initiative, a national call to action encouraging policymakers to personally engage with the people who are closest to the correctional system.
The initiative—sponsored by the National Reentry Resource Center and The Council of State Governments Justice Center in partnership with the Association of State Correctional Administrators, JustLeadershipUSA, and the National Center for Victims of Crime—will launch with a wave of public activities beginning today, featuring both Republican and Democratic governors and other elected officials meeting with people impacted by the correctional system in their respective states.
What Participating Governors Are Saying
“I’ve learned through my own experience that criminal justice policy decisions are best made when they prioritize the needs and challenges of the people they ultimately impact. I encourage other elected officials to join these efforts and make a personal, face-to-face connection with people involved with the correctional system.”
–Georgia Governor Nathan Deal
“Fifteen years ago, the political landscape rang with calls to be tough on crime and misguidedly pushed policymakers to take a distant and hard line approach with respect to corrections and public safety policies. In essence, the threat of political damage caused elected leaders to overlook the human impact of criminal justice policy. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way. I hope all policymakers join our efforts in using a more thoughtful approach to criminal justice policy that focuses not only on data and numbers, but also the people behind those numbers.”
–Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy
Read the press release about the Face to Face initiative.