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Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections: Third Public Meeting

On May 13th, the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections with Chair J.C. Watts, Jr., and Vice-Chair Alan Mollohan held its third 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. Through speaker panels, this meeting explored two critical topic areas that help further inform the Task Force as it formulates recommendations: perspectives from the defense bar and innovative practices across the federal justice system.


Defense Perspectives on Federal Justice Reform:

  • Norman L. Reimer, Executive Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • David Patton, Executive Director, Attorney-in-Chief, Federal Defenders of New York
  • Leigh M. Skipper, Chief Federal Defender, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Innovative Practices in the Federal Justice System:

  • George S. Cardona, First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Central District of California
  • Patricia Butterfield, Ph.D., Senior Deputy Assistant Director for Reentry Services Division, Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Michael J. Elbert, Ph.D., Chief Probation Officer, Southern District of Iowa


  • 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:

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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 Lilly Yu,  

Date & Time Wednesday, May 13, 2015