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For Immediate Release 04.27.2015

Governor Asa Hutchinson Names Members to Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson names members to the Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force as directed by the Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2015, or Act 895, of the regular session. The task force will meet for the first time on Thursday, April 30th at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will take place in the Big Mac Building behind the state Capitol. Members are as follows:

Judge Gary Arnold, Specialty Court Judge

Judge Cristi Beaumont, Specialty Court Judge

Sheriff Tim Helder, Washington County Sheriff

Ken Casady, Saline County Prosecuting Attorney

Chief Kent Buckner, City of Little Rock Police Chief

Steve Newsome, LCSW, President/CEO of Counseling Asso. Inc., Medicaid Provider

Robin Raveendran, Medicaid Provider

John Wesley Hall, Attorney, At-Large Member

Tjuana Byrd, Attorney, At-Large Member

Drew Baker, Business Proprietor, At-Large Member

Senator Jeremy Hutchinson, Senate Judiciary Chairman

Representative Matthew Shepherd, House of Representatives Judiciary Chairman

Benny Magness, Chairman, AR Board of Corrections

John Felts, Chairman, AR Parole Board

Wendy Kelley, Director, Department of Corrections

Sheila Sharp, Director, Arkansas Community Corrections

*Both the Senate president pro tem and the House speaker will also have an appointee.

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