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Transforming Prisons, Restoring Lives: Final Recommendations of the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections

The Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections and Members of Congress have released the Task Force’s recommendations for improving the federal corrections system.

The Colson Task Force was established by Congressional mandate in 2014 as a nine‐person, bipartisan, blue ribbon panel charged with developing practical, data-driven recommendations to enhance public safety by creating a more just and efficient federal corrections system. Informed by over a year of fact-finding, rigorous data analysis, and discussions with key experts and stakeholders, the independent Task Force’s recommendations to the US Congress, the President, and the Attorney General provided a blueprint for reforms to the federal corrections system that are sensible, cost-effective strategies to reduce crime and restore lives.

Click here to read the full report.

the colson task force members: 

  • J.C. Watts, Jr., Chair
    J.C. Watts Companies
    Congressman (R-OK) (1995–2003)
  • Alan B. Mollohan, Vice-Chair
    Congressman (D-WV)
  • Craig DeRoche
    Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, Prison Fellowship
    Member, Michigan House of Representatives (R-38th District) (2003–2008); Speaker (2005–2006)
  • Laurie O. Robinson
    Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, George Mason University
    Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice (1993–2000; 2009–2012)
  • David C. Iglesias
    Director, Wheaton Center for Faith, Politics, and Economics, Wheaton College
    US Attorney for the District of New Mexico (2001–2007)
  • Cynthia W. Roseberry
    Project Manager, Clemency Project 2014
    Executive Director, Federal Defenders of the Middle District of Georgia (2009–2014)
  • Jay Neal
    Criminal Justice Liaison, Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
    Representative, Georgia General Assembly (R-Lafayette) (2005–2013)
  • Judge Ricardo M. Urbina 
    Arbitrator and Mediator, JAMS
    Judge, US District Court for the District of Columbia (1994–2012)
  • John E. Wetzel 
    Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (2010–present) 
    Warden, Franklin County (PA) Jail (2002–2010)  

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, provide 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, and US Department of Justice. Inquiries regarding this event should be directed to [email protected]

Date & Time Tuesday, January 26, 2016
The National Press Club 529 14th Street NW
Washington , DC , 20045
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