About the Committee

Established in 2017, the Midwestern Legislative Conference Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will explore a range of issues, including sentencing reform; strategies to reduce recidivism; the role and use of specialty courts; alternatives to incarceration; police and community relations; victims' rights and more.
Legislators from 11 Midwestern states and four Canadian provinces serve on the MLC Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. If you have questions about the committee, please contact Katelyn Tye, CSG Midwest staff liaison to the committee.



July 9, 2017 | Committee Meeting (2017 MLC Annual Meeting)
As corrections costs spiral, policymakers are considering ways to improve outcomes of the criminal justice system while reducing the burden on taxpayers. During this session, experts from the CSG Justice Center discussed justice reinvestment, a data-driven approach to reducing corrections and criminal justice spending, decreasing recidivism rates, and improving public safety. Attendees reviewed case studies from across the Midwest and developed key takeaways for participants looking to adopt similar reforms in their jurisdictions. The committee also considered a work plan for the biennium.


July 10, 2017 | Policy Session
Need Not Apply? The Impact of a Criminal Record on Hiring Decisions, Policies to Mitigate Barriers to Employment
(2017 MLC Annual Meeting)
This session took a deeper dive into strategies to ensure that people leaving prison and jail have marketable skills, efforts to engage employers in conversations about hiring, and policy options to minimize barriers to work. Legislators from across the Midwest shared their experiences implementing these tactics and provided practical guidance to others interested in addressing reentry and employment challenges. Presenters also showcased interactive resources being developed for policymakers, such as the National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction and the Clean Slate Clearinghouse.


Committee Membership


Sen. Mattie Hunter



Sen. Laura Ebke


Vice Chair

Rep. Shannon Roers Jones

North Dakota



Committee Resources


Updated April 11, 2018