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Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections: First Public Meeting

The Colson Task Force, established by Congressional mandate, is a nine‐person, bipartisan, blue ribbon panel charged with examining challenges in the federal corrections system and developing practical, data‐driven policy responses. With presentations from federal criminal justice leaders, this first meeting focused on key issues facing the federal criminal justice system related to prison population growth, costs, and overcrowding. The insights shared during this public session informed the Task Force as it works to identify opportunities for criminal justice reform.


  • Paul J. Fishman, US Attorney for the District of New Jersey
  • Charles E. Samuels, Jr., Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Judge Irene M. Keeley, Chair, Criminal Law Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States
  • Chief Judge Patti B. Saris, Chair, US Sentencing Commission

  • J.C. Watts, Jr., Chair
  • Alan B. Mollohan, Vice-Chair
  • David Iglesias
  • Jim Liske
  • Jay Neal
  • Laurie O. Robinson
  • Cynthia W. Roseberry
  • Judge Ricardo M. Urbina
  • John E. Wetzel

For full member biographies or more information on the Colson Task Force, please visit:

The Urban Institute and its partner, the Center for Effective Public Policy, are providing research, analysis, strategic guidance, and logistical support to the Charles Colson Task Force through a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. Inquiries regarding this public hearing should be directed to Cybele Kotonias, [email protected]

Date & Time Monday, May 29, 2023
Wednesday, February 4, 2015