Edmonson Voice Report:
Representative Michael Meredith, R-Oakland, has been appointed as co-chair of the Jail and Corrections Task Force by House Speaker David Osborne, R-Prospect.
“I am grateful to be allowed to serve as co-chair of this task force. I am very passionate about criminal justice reforms that will positively impact our jails, prisons, and officers,” said Rep. Meredith. “As a legislator, I vow to advocate for smart on crime, data-driven, and fiscally responsible criminal justice policies.”
This 9-member task force will explore management of Kentucky’s incarcerated population, management of personnel and other costs associated with jail and correctional facilities, and overseeing the number of supervised individuals detained on new charges versus those incarcerated due to revocation.
Meredith is also chairman of the Local Government Committee and is also a member of the Banking and Insurance Committee, and Small Business & Information Technology Committee.
“Representative Meredith brings to the table his experience from the previous role as Councilman and current role as a legislator,” said House Speaker Osborne. “His leadership and knowledge on topics relating to the organization, governing, and financing of county and city organizations are extremely valuable, and I’m pleased that he agreed to co-chair this task force.”
The task force will meet monthly during the 2020 Interim of the General Assembly. It will submit findings, recommendations, and any proposed legislation to the Legislative Research Commission for a referral to the appropriate committee or committees by December 1, 2020.