Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus recently announced that the president of the National Conference of State Legislatures has invited Representative Jerry Madden (R-Plano) to be the chairman of the Law and Criminal Justice Committee in the conference year ahead.Congrats Rep. Madden on the well-deserved recognition.
Madden served the past year on the LCJC as vice chairman, and said his new position will allow him to have more coordination with the staff and be more involved in national meetings.
“This is a great honor,” Madden said. “I’m very pleased to accept.”
Madden said the national committee allows him to keep tabs on programs implemented in other states that benefit their prisons and take those ideas to benefit the Texas prison system.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Madden to chair crimjust committee for National Conference of State Legislatures
This is a well-deserved honor, IMO, and puts state Rep. Jerry Madden, a prominent, mainstream Texas criminal justice reformer, in a nationally prominent spot where he both promote the approaches used in Texas more widely and learn more about what's being done in other states. From the Plano Star-Courier (July 26):