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Iowa Criminal Justice Summit 2015

October 1, 2015, Maucker Union, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa

In partnership with Iowa State Representative Helen Miller and the University of Northern Iowa

Speakers

Iowa State Representative Deborah Berry

Representative Deborah Berry, a native Iowan, is serving a seventh term in the Iowa House of Representatives. Her committee assignments include Ethics, Administration and Rules, State Government, Judiciary, Administration and Regulations Appropriations and Ranking Member of International Relations. As Ranking Member, Rep. Berry was part of a tri-state delegation that traveled to Canada, Nigeria, Turkey, and laterTaiwan to better understand its agricultural trade and cultural relationships between Iowa and the United States.

One of Rep. Berry's early accomplishments was legislation that enshrined Iowa as one of just seven states to codify funding for afterschool programs. Berry's other legislative accomplishments/pursuits include legislation to keep children safe from online predators, as part of Iowa's new sex offender law, keeping sexual predators from nursing care facilities, taking weapons from convicted domestic abusers. She has been a strong advocate for funding for higher education and continued funding for Iowa's community colleges. Most recently, Rep. Berry sought accountability of Iowa's criminal justice system to address disproportionately high incarceration rates for African-Americans. Rep. Berry has championed education reform, funding for health and human services, including Medicaid, and chooses to focus on the needs of her constituency in a bipartisan way.

 


Iowa State Representative Helen Miller

Representative Helen Miller (D-Fort Dodge, IA) is serving her seventh term in the Iowa House of Representatives, serving as Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee, and member of the Natural Resources and Economic Growth Committees, and the Ag/Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee.

She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and has practiced criminal law at the trial and appellate levels. Her interest in the criminal justice system and its inequitable treatment of minorities and other disadvantaged groups is the result of growing up in an urban community with a minority population, practicing criminal law and now working in the legislature where policies that effect these communities are set forth. She serves as Board Chair of Women in Government and on the boards of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women. Miller Received the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Public Service Award in 2015.  The award is presented to a legislator "who exemplifies and demonstrates honesty, integrity and extraordinary public service to Iowa citizens by making use of their time to do service and humanitarian projects


Lamont Carey

Lamont Carey was born in Washington, DC, but raised in prison. He is now an internationally known and award winning spokenword artist, as well as an author, workshop facilitator and motivational speaker.

In 2005, Mr. Carey began his career in the arts as a spoken word artist, earning him the 2005 poet of the year award and an appearance on HBO's "Def Poetry Jam" and B.E.T.'s "Lyric Café".   In that same year, his company LaCarey Entertainment, LLC, was instrumental in casting over 200 actors including himself on HBO's series "The Wire". Mr. Carey has also been featured on various radio shows including Washington D.C.'s WHUR, WPGC, WPFW and Canada's KCUA as well as, "The Al Sharpton Show" and the NPR-syndicated radio program "To The Point".

In 2010, Mr. Carey embarked upon his career as a playwright and producer with two plays "Laws of the Street" (a play he is currently developing into a TV series) and "Learning to be a Mommy" both of which were performed at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to the TV series, Mr. Carey is also producing and directing a powerful documentary detailing the successful transition of four ex-offenders; a story with personal meaning to Mr. Carey because he was able to successfully transition after spending 11 years in prison from the age of 16.

Mr. Carey is a dynamic motivational speaker and workshop facilitator for youth and adults alike. His ability to encourage and effect change has been experienced locally as well as internationally in countries such as Trinidad and Tobago.  He has been invited by various government officials and community leaders to host or speak at a number of events which includes the Office of Returning Citizens Affairs; Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton's Commission on Black Men and Boys Hearing; Former Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis' Re-entering Through Employment: A Comprehensive Approach to Reintegrating the Formerly Incarcerated Summit and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers report – Collateral Damage: America's Failure to Forgive or Forget in the War on Crime A Roadmap to Restore Rights and Status After Arrest or Conviction. Mr. Carey is considered a subject matter expert on successful re-entry and he has delivered powerful talks at various Federal, State and local prisons. Mr. Carey has also been a guest speaker at graduations or opening ceremonies for organizations such as Operation Hope, CSOSA, W.C. Smith and Co. and Girl Scouts of America.

Mr. Carey has received numerous awards including the 2015 D.C Mayor's Prison Outreach Award; ROASA's New Black History Maker's Awards; 2014 Community Justice Advisory Network Making a Difference Award; the 2012 National Black Caucus of State Legislators Visionary Award; the first U.S. Parole Commission's Re-Entry and Service Award and the One Degree of Separation Community Service Award; 2008 Senate Congressional Award and Congressional Achievement Award.

Dr. Mark Grey

Dr. Mark Grey is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Northern Iowa. He is also the Director of the UNI New Iowans Center. Dr. Grey is one of Iowa's leading authorities on diverse, vulnerable and underserved populations.  He is also a leading scholar on the ethnic and linguistic diversification of Iowa. He provides training and technical assistance on changing populations and providing culturally responses to health care providers, law enforcement, educators and many other community organizations. Dr. Grey also provides these services for Iowa State Agencies including the Department of Human Services, Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Mark has won numerous awards for his work, including the Friends of Iowa Civil Rights Award and the immigrant Champion Award. 


Dr. Michele Devlin

Dr. Michele Devlin is Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Northern Iowa, Director of the Iowa Center on Health Disparities. Dr. Devlin is a published author and has more than 30 years of field experience working with law enforcement, public health agencies, the military and many other organizations around the world that serve multicultural communities. She is also an International Disaster Relief team member; licensed Emergency Medical Responder; and, has provided training and technical assistance at the federal, state and local levels and abroad.


Alabama State Representative Laura Hall

Representative Laura Hall (D-AL-19) was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 1993 and currently serves on the House Judiciary, Boards and Commissions and Government Appropriations Committees. She also serves as Chairman of the Alabama Black Caucus for the House of Representatives and President of the National Organization of Black Elected Leaders-Women (NOBEL-Women). Through her legislative efforts, Rep. Hall has always been conscious of addressing the needs of the public, fairness to all races, and a voice in the African American community.


Iowa State Representative Chip Baltimore

Representative Chip Baltimore (R-IA-47) was elected to the Iowa State Legislature in 2010 and has been a member of the House Judiciary Committee since 2013. During his years as a private practice attorney, Rep. Baltimore developed a wide and diverse practice, representing clients from many different backgrounds, including injured individuals, children needing a voice in the legal system, city governments and court-appointed individuals.


Iowa State Representative Mary Wolfe

Representative Mary Wolfe (D-IA-98) was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2010. She serves on the Judiciary, Public Safety, and Transportation Committees. Mary received her Bachelors in English from the University of Iowa in 1989 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa Law School. After passing the bar exam, Rep. Wolfe returned to her hometown of Clinton to work with her father at his law firm and is now the owner of the Wolfe Law Office.


Former Iowa State Representative Wayne Ford

Wayne Ford served in the Iowa House of Representatives 1996 - 2011. He was only the 10th African-American ever elected to the state legislature, and is the longest-serving African-American in Iowa's history. Rep. Ford authored landmark legislation later signed into law to require a minority impact statement with respect to both new criminal laws and state contracts. Iowa was the first in the nation to have such a law and was profiled by The Sentencing Project of Washington, D.C., and others. Since 1985, Rep. Ford has served as the Executive Director of the non-profit Urban Dreams, an agency he founded to serve the needs of inner-city residents. He owns his own consulting firm, helping businesses throughout the Midwest to recruit and retain minority employees.


Iowa Chief Justice Mark Cady

Chief Justice Cady, Ft. Dodge, was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in 1998 and was named chief justice in 2011. Chief Justice Cady was born in Rapid City, South Dakota. He earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Drake University. After graduating from law school in 1978, he served as a judicial law clerk for the Second Judicial District for one year. He was then appointed as an assistant Webster County attorney and practiced with a law firm in Fort Dodge.

Chief Justice Cady was appointed district associate judge in 1983 and district court judge in 1986. In 1994, he was appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals. He was elected chief judge of the court of appeals in 1997.

Chief Justice Cady is a member of the Order of Coif (honorary), the American Bar Association, The Iowa State Bar Association, the Iowa Judges Association, and the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers (honorary). He is the Iowa chair of iCivics Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes civics education. He also served on the Iowa Supreme Court Task Force on the Courts and Communities' Response to Domestic Abuse as chair, and the Drake Law School Board of Counselors. He has authored a book on lawyer and judicial ethics and several articles in legal journals.

Chief Justice Cady is an adjunct faculty member at Buena Vista University and serves on the President's Advisory Council. He received an honorary doctorate degree in Public Service from Buena Vista University in 2012. Chief Justice Cady received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Drake University Law School in 2011 and received the Alumni Achievement Award from Drake University in 2012. He is married and has two children and one grandchild. His current term expires December 31, 2016.


Holly Harris

Holly Harris is the Executive Director for the U.S. Justice Action Network and its sister organization, Fix Forfeiture. She is a veteran litigator with over a decade in legal experience, and a respected conservative strategist. She is best known for her successful challenge to the federal government in a benchmark case over industrial hemp.  She has served as Chief of Staff and in other senior policy roles for Republican elected officials, and is former General Counsel and Finance Chair for the Republican Party of Kentucky.


Mark Holden

Mark Holden serves as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Koch Industries, Inc.  He is also president and COO of the Legal Division of Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC, which provides legal, government and public affairs services to Koch Industries, Inc. and its affiliates.  In addition, he also serves as Chairman of the Board of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors of Americans For Prosperity.

Mr. Holden also serves on the boards of two Koch Industries subsidiaries:  Georgia-Pacific Equity Holdings, LLC, and Molex Electronic Technologies Holdings, LLC.  He is a member of Georgia-Pacific's Legal and Public Affairs Committee and Koch Industries' Compliance and Ethics Committee.

Mr. Holden began his career with Koch Industries in 1995 as a litigation attorney, and was vice president and general counsel for litigation and compliance. He has worked with the various Koch companies on a variety of litigation, regulatory, compliance, and commercial issues.

Before joining Koch, Mr. Holden was an associate with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Holden earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts. He earned his law degree from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America, where he was an associate editor of the Catholic University Law Review. 

Based in Wichita, Kan., Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in America with estimated annual revenues as high as $115 billion, according to Forbes. It owns a diverse group of companies involved in refining, chemicals, grain processing and biofuels; forest and consumer products; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; process and pollution control equipment and technologies; electronic components; commodity trading; minerals; energy; ranching; glass; and investments. Since 2003, Koch companies have invested more than $70 billion in acquisitions and other capital expenditures. With a presence in about 60 countries, Koch companies employ more than 100,000 people worldwide, with about 60,000 of those in the United States. From January 2009 to present, Koch companies have earned more than 930 awards for safety, environmental excellence, community stewardship, innovation, and customer service.


Van Jones

Van Jones is a CNN political contributor, regularly appearing across the network's programming and special political coverage.

Jones has founded and led four not-for-profit organizations engaged in social and environmental justice.

These include:

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which promotes criminal justice reform

Color of Change, which works for racial fairness through its one million members

Green for All, which lifts people out of poverty through green job training and job creation

Rebuild The Dream, a 21st Century "think tank" that champions innovative solutions to fix the U.S. economy and uplift the next generation.

Dream Corps Unlimited, which promotes innovative policy solutions.  Dream Corps' two major initiatives are: #YesWeCode, committed to helping train 100,000 low-opportunity youth to become top-level computer programmers, and; #cut50, which is working to cut the U.S. prison population in half in the next 10 years.

Jones is a Yale-educated attorney. He is the author of two New York Times best-selling books, The Green Collar Economy (2008) and Rebuild the Dream (2012). The second book chronicles his journey as an environmental and human rights activist to becoming a White House policy advisor. He was the main advocate for the Green Jobs Act. Signed into law by George W. Bush in 2007, the Green Jobs Act was the first piece of federal legislation to codify the term "green jobs." During the Obama Administration, the legislation has resulted in $500 million in national funding for green jobs training.

In 2009, Jones worked as the green jobs advisor to President Barack Obama. In this role, Jones helped to lead the inter-agency process that oversaw the multi-billion dollar investment in skills training and jobs development within the environmental and green energy sectors. 

Jones has been honored with numerous awards and spotlighted on several lists of high achievers, including: the World Economic Forum's "Young Global Leader" designation; Rolling Stone's 2012 "12 Leaders Who Get Things Done"; TIME's 2009 "100 Most Influential People in The World"; and the Root's 2014 "The Root 100." He is presently a fellow at the MIT Media Lab. 


Iowa State Representative Walt Rogers

Representative Walt Rogers (R-IA-60) was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2010. He serves Assistant Majority Leader, Chairman of the Administration & Rules Committee and a member of several other committees including Judiciary. Rep. Rogers counsels parents, students and consult with youth organizations nationally. He founded and directs Onefest, one of the largest indoor musical festivals in the Midwest. His work through board memberships in the Safe and Drug Free Committee, Love Cedar Valley and others has honed his leadership skills and given him an appreciation for local grassroots efforts.


Tim Head

Timothy Head is the Executive Director for the Faith & Freedom Coalition. Prior to joining Faith & Freedom, Tim was the district director for a member of the Texas congressional delegation. He has served as chief of staff and as policy advisor to members of the Texas Legislature and worked on the Republican Party of Texas' 2010 Victory Texas effort. Before working in public policy, Tim did missionary work in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe and worked on staff at Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas.


Shaka Senghor

Shaka Senghor is a writer, mentor and professional speaker whose story of redemption has inspired youth and adults at high schools, universities, and conferences across the nation. He is founder of the Atonement Project and the Director of Strategy and Innovation for #cut50, a national bipartisan initiative to safely and smartly reduce the prison population by 50 percent over the next 10 years. He also teaches a course on the Atonement Project at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and was recently named the 2015 Manchester University Innovator of the Year. In 2014, Shaka shared his story on the world-renowned TED stage and in just four months his talk reached more than 1,000,000 views.

Shaka transformed his life and discovered his love for writing while serving nineteen years in prison, time he spent examining his life and the decisions that led him to spend his youth in a 6' x8' cell. By sharing his story, Shaka has inspired mothers of murder victims to forgive, inspired young men in the streets to choose a college degree over a prison number, and shifted the thinking of tough-on-crime advocates from the lock-'em-up-throw-away-the-key mentality to believing redemption is possible. Shaka has written a memoir about his life entitled "Writing My Wrongs" (2013) and published a collection of essays and poems about his abusive childhood and his life in the streets and in prison entitled "Live in Peace: A Youth Guide to Turning Hurt into Hope" (2012).

Anyone who has heard Shaka's story has been moved; and once they read his memoir they are challenged to question every system – from education to corrections – that touches the lives of people all over the country.


Jesse Wiese

Jesse Wiese is a frequent commentator on criminal justice issues and the positive contributions those with a criminal record can make to our society. He is tapped for his opinions and recommendations by those with an interest in our nation’s justice system—including businesses, churches, corrections groups, universities, think tanks and state legislatures. Wiese brings a unique and valued perspective as someone who has been through the criminal justice system and subsequently earned his law degree.

Sentenced to 15 years for bank robbery in January 2000, Wiese served his prison sentence in the Iowa correctional system before being released in 2006. While in prison, Wiese completed his undergraduate degree―graduating with honors―and devoted his life to challenging our culture on the proper role and priorities of our criminal justice system.

In 2007, Wiese began working with Prison Fellowship—the nation’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families—as a reentry specialist, where he established community support groups and mentoring programs for men being released from the Iowa Department of Corrections. 

After graduating magna cum laude from Regent University law school, Wiese joined Justice Fellowship, Prison Fellowship’s criminal justice advocacy team, as a policy analyst in 2012.

Today Wiese marries policy expertise and personal experience with criminal justice issues to enact reforms in state legislatures nationwide. He helps progress policies that reflect the principles of restorative justice, a values-based philosophy of criminal justice that advances the dignity and value of human life, prioritizes victim participation, promotes personal responsibility and cultivates community engagement.

As a public advocate for the 65 million Americans with a criminal record, Wiese focuses much of his time on addressing how our nation can unlock the untapped potential of men and women currently and formerly behind bars.

Wiese, a native of central Oklahoma, resides outside of Washington, with his wife, Melissa.


Commissioner Roxann Ryan

Roxann Ryan was appointed as Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety in 2015.  She served as an attorney and a criminal intelligence analyst with the Iowa Department of Public Safety since 2006.  She previously served as a full-time professor of criminal justice at Simpson College; an Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. She teaches as an adjunct professor at Drake Law School and Simpson College. She is a graduate of Iowa State University (1977), the University of Iowa College of Law (1980), and the University of Nebraska (1998), where she earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice.


Director Mark Prosser

Mark Prosser was born and raised in East St. Louis, IL.  After college, he became a police officer for the City of O'Fallon, Ill., a suburb of St. Louis, Mo.  While in O'Fallon, he moved through the ranks of the department between 1980 and 1989.  He reached the rank of Chief of Detectives in 1986.  He further served for five years as an Investigator and Supervisor for the St. Louis Major Case Squad, multi-jurisdictional homicide unit. 

Prosser was hired as Chief of Police in Storm Lake in October of 1989 and was named Public Safety Director in June of 2000 where he still serves.  He is a member and Past Executive Board member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, is a member and Past President of the Iowa Police Executive Forum now known as the Iowa Police Chiefs Association and is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum.  Prosser taught for 19 years at the Illinois Police Academy, Buena Vista University and Iowa Central Community College.

Prosser has spoken at state and regional conferences in Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois on topics such as management, administration, budgeting and grant writing.  Prosser speaks extensively throughout Iowa on issues related to diversity and shifting demographics and has presented in New York, Washington DC, Seattle, Minneapolis and for the US Attorney's Office in Nebraska.

Prosser holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Administra­tion and has completed some Graduate Studies in Public Administration and Management.  Prosser has completed formation courses of study in Theology at Briar Cliff University and through the Sioux City Catholic Diocese.

Prosser is the chairman of the Buena Vista County 911 Board and serves on the Buena Vista County DECAT Board.  Prosser chairs a variety of internal organizational committees for the City of Storm Lake.  He is a charter member of the Storm Lake Diversity Committee.  Prosser has served on a variety of boards in and around Storm Lake including but limited to board chairman and vice board chairman positions for the United Community Health Center and Faith, Hope and Charity.

Prosser is an ordained Deacon in the Catholic Church and serves St. Mary's Parish in Storm Lake and St. Joseph's Parish in Schaller, Iowa.  Prosser serves on a variety of committees for St. Mary's Church and Parish.

Prosser is married and has one adult daughter.


Vikrant P. Reddy

Vikrant P. Reddy is a Senior Research Fellow at the Charles Koch Institute. Reddy previously served as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, where he managed the launch of the Foundation's national Right on Crime initiative in 2010. He has also worked as a research assistant at the Cato Institute, as a law clerk to the Hon. Gina M. Benavides of the 13th Court of Appeals of Texas, and as an attorney in private practice. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, and appointee to the Executive Committee of the Criminal Law Practice Group of the Federalist Society. He is also an appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Texas State Advisory Committee. Reddy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Plan II Honors, Economics, and History, and he earned his law degree at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas.


Lauren Galik

Lauren Galik is the Director of Criminal Justice Reform at Reason Foundation, the nonprofit libertarian organization that publishes Reason Magazine and Reason TV. Galik focuses on a variety of criminal justice issues, including sentencing reform, prison reform, drug policy and police reform—particularly at the state level. She is the author of the 2013 Reason Foundation study, "Smart on Sentencing, Smart on Crime: Reforming Louisiana's Determinate Sentencing Laws" and the 2015 study, "The High Cost of Incarceration in Florida: Recommendations for Reform." Lauren graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations.


Chief Paul Sikorski

Chief Sikorski is a 1984 graduate of Davenport Central High School where he played multiple sports.  He received undergraduate degrees from Muscatine Community College then the University of Northern Iowa where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology in 1988.  In 2005 Chief Sikorski received a Masters degree from Western Illinois University in Law Enforcement Justice Administration.  Chief Sikorski is a 2010 graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School – Senior Executives in State and Local Government course.

Chief Sikorski is a 27 year veteran of the Davenport Police Department.  Chief Sikorski has worked in every division of the Davenport Police Department.  He worked in an operational capacity, as a supervisor and a commander within the Patrol Division.  He was assigned in both an operational capacity and supervisor in the Criminal Investigation Division.  Chief Sikorski has worked as a commander in the Services Division.

In 1991 Chief Sikorski was named to the Davenport Police Departments Emergency Services Team.  He has served in various capacities on the team over the last 24 years and is currently part of the command staff for EST.

 


Kevin McKeever

Kevin McKeever earned an undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and then went on to serve on active duty as an officer in the United States Navy for seven years. In 1998, after achieving the rank of Lieutenant, Mr. McKeever was honorably discharged from the navy and enrolled in law school at the University of Iowa. Kevin earned his law degree and began his legal career as an assistant county attorney in Ramsey County, MN. After working for six years as an assistant county attorney, Kevin moved back to Iowa with his family and worked at ACT, Inc. as a staff attorney for three years. In 2011, Kevin returned to public service as an assistant county attorney in Muscatine, IA where he continues to work today. During his legal career, Kevin has dealt with all types of criminal cases ranging from traffic tickets to murder cases.


Bernard B. Kerik

BERNARD B. KERIK is one of the most dynamic, undisputed, controversial and accomplished leaders in law enforcement, correction, and national security in the United States. For more than thirty years, he served his country with distinction, honor, and valor, most notably as the 40th Police Commissioner of the City of New York.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, from unusually humble beginnings, at the age of 3, he was abandoned by his mother, who was beaten to death when he was 9 years old. A high school dropout, he later volunteered for the U.S. Army, earned his GED, and served in the Military Police Corps in Korea and at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. There he taught defensive tactics at the John F. Kennedy Unconventional Warfare Center, to U.S. Special Forces and special operations personnel. After his military service, he spent four years in various security assignments in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 1981, he joined the Passaic County Sheriff's Department in New Jersey, where he served as the Commander of Special Weapons and Operations and as Warden of the Passaic County Jail.

In 1986, he joined the New York City Police Department where his meteoric rise to the top was historic. Following uniformed patrol and plain-clothes assignments in Times Square, he was promoted to detective and assigned to the narcotics division's major case unit. There he earned one of the department's highest honors, the medal for valor, for a gun battle with a drug dealer who had shot and wounded his partner. In 1991 he was transferred to the U.S. Justice Department's New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, responsible for overseeing one of the most far-reaching drug investigations in New York history.

For close to six years, Mr. Kerik served as First Deputy and later Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction. He was responsible for overseeing the New York City jail system, including Rikers Island, one of the largest and most violent jail systems in the country. Under his command, the department achieved historic reductions in inmate-on-inmate violence, and earned international recognition for violence reduction, efficiency, accountability, and correctional excellence.

In August 2000, Mr. Kerik was appointed the 40th Police Commissioner of the City of New York, responsible for 55,000 civilian and uniform personnel, and a $3.2 billion budget. His term was marked by dramatic reductions in crime, enhanced community relations, and his unflinching leadership and oversight, as he led New York City through the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11, overseeing the rescue, recovery and investigation. In 2001, he was one of the founding members of the Board of Trustees of the Twin Towers Fund, which raised and distributed $216 million to over 600 families related the emergency service workers killed on 9/11.

After retiring from the NYPD, and following the fall of Saddam Hussein, Mr. Kerik accepted a request by the White House to lead Iraq's provisional government's efforts to reconstitute the Iraqi Interior Ministry, which consisted of its national police service and intelligence, customs and immigration, and border police. He subsequently served as a national security advisor to His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and President Bharrat Jagdeo of the Republic of Guyana. Mr. Kerik has conducted threat and vulnerability assessments for other heads of state, and led crime reduction, national security, and management accountability assessments for the U.S. Justice Department, Trinidad and Tobago as well as Mexico City.

Mr. Kerik is a 5th Degree Master Instructor in the martial arts, studying both Korean and Japanese Karate, and has been inducted into the Centurion Black Belt Hall of Fame. He holds a B.S. in Social Theory, Social Structure and Change from the State University of New York (ESC), has attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Leadership Program for the 21st Century at Harvard University, and is the best- selling author of "The Lost Son: A Life in Pursuit of Justice."

He has received the President's Medal from Hunter College and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Iona College, New York Institute of Technology, Manhattanville College, College of New Rochelle, and Michigan State University for his public service to the City of New York and United States of America.

Considered one of the most decorated police commissioners in the New York City Police Department, in the line of duty, he has rescued people from burning buildings, been stabbed, shot at, and saved his partner who had been wounded in a gun battle. He survived the terror attacks on 9/11, and a bombing plot in Iraq. He has been the target of numerous death threats, seized tons of cocaine and millions in drugs proceeds from the Cali Cartel, and brought cop killers, Colombian drug lords and Iraqi terrorists to justice.

His service to his country has been recognized in more than 100 awards for public and heroic service, including the New York City Police Department's Medal for Valor, plus 29 other medals for excellent and meritorious service. He has been commended for heroism by President Ronald Reagan, and has also received the DEA Administrator's Award from the U.S. Justice Department, two Distinguished Service Awards from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and an appointment as Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He has served on the Terrorism Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Criminal Justice Advisory Council of St. John's University in New York City, and the Academe and Policy Research, and Emergency Response Senior Advisory Committees for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

On December 3, 2004, President George W. Bush nominated Mr. Kerik as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. One week later, Mr. Kerik withdrew his name from consideration, after admitting that he failed to pay payroll tax for his children's nanny.

Five years of state and federal investigations followed. Mr. Kerik pled guilty to false statements and tax charges primarily relating to his children's nanny and discounted apartment renovations. He was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison. He surrendered to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons at a minimum-security prison camp in Cumberland, Maryland on May 17, 2010, and was released from custody on October 15, 2013

His unparalleled achievements as New York City's Police and Correction Commissioner, and his 30 year career in the criminal justice field, coupled with his later incarceration, has provided Mr. Kerik with a unique and one-of-a kind perspective into the U.S. criminal justice and prison systems, prompting him to become an advocate for criminal justice and prison reform in America.

He remains an avid supporter of America's war against terror, and advocate for our nation's military, and local, state and federal law enforcement.

Mr. Kerik resides with his wife, Hala, and his two youngest daughters in New Jersey. He also has a son who is a Newark, New Jersey Police Officer assigned to the Emergency Services Unit, and an older daughter who is married and lives in Virginia.


Jenna Moll

Jenna Moll serves as the Deputy Director for the U.S. Justice Action Network & Fix Forfeiture. Ms. Moll is an attorney with broad experience in successful state policy initiatives and strategy. She previously worked with the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she led comprehensive juvenile justice policy initiatives, and the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, where she researched and educated policymakers on a variety of policy initiatives across the country.


Craig DeRoche

In 2002, Craig DeRoche was elected to the Michigan state legislature and became the youngest statewide Republican leader in the country in 2007 when he was elected Speaker at age 34. But after leaving the House due to term limits, he made national headlines with two alcohol-related arrests. After his arrests, the ensuing rehab and a renewed focus on his Christian faith, DeRoche escaped from his life-long struggle with alcoholism. He joined the Justice Fellowship, the public policy affiliate of Prison Fellowship that advocates for criminal justice reform based on the principles of restorative justice found in the Bible, as the organization's director of external affairs, served as vice present and was then promoted to executive director in 2014.