Seattle interim police Chief Jim Pugel is heading to Cambridge, Mass., tomorrow to join a panel of 30 policymakers, practitioners and researchers from around the country who hope to shape the future of corrections in the United States.
The group, called the Executive Session on Community Corrections, will meet over the next three years at Harvard University to develop “best practices and thinking for professionals across the public safety and criminal justice spectrum,” according to a Seattle police news release.
In the release, Pugel said he is “eager to share our department’s experiences, successes and lessons learned with my peers and colleagues from across the nation.”
The panel was started in 1983 and is a joint project of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the National Institute of Justice. The first panel developed and published a set of influential management and policy papers on community policing. This one will focus on the reform movement in policing and offer up different solutions for managing growing prison and jail populations and historically high corresponding budgets, the release said.
Panel members include “leaders in probation, parole, corrections, judiciary, policing and prosecution, advocates, scholars, elected officials and experienced observers of U.S. corrections policy,” the release said.
After its first meeting tomorrow, the panel will convene several times through the spring of 2016.