COMMISSION ON RACIAL AND ETHNIC FAIRNESS
CRIMINAL AND JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM
Law & Justice Center
Salt Lake City, Utah
Wednesday, September 25, 2002
11:30am - 1:00pm
John Baldwin for John Adams
David Gomez for Mike Chabries
Judge Tyrone Medley
Judge Bill Thorne
Sheriff Brad Slater
from the Board of Pardons and Parole
Mike Sibbett, Chair
1. WELCOME, REVIEW OF MINUTES FROM LAST MEETING, & AGENDA REVIEW:
(John T. Nielsen)
Lunch was served. John called the meeting to order. The minutes from Meeting #9 were
approved without further amendment.
- Follow-up discussion from SLLDA and SWAP's August presentations: no further
2. 2003 Leadership (John T. Nielsen)
- Slate: Judge Bill Thorne (Chair)
Leticia Medina (Co-Chair)
Keith Hamilton (Corrections)
Sid Groll (Law Enforcement)
- Slate was approved by unanimous vote
- Leadership structure changes:
- importance of maintaining broad scope and ownership; having community
representation, law enforcement representation, judiciary representation,
and post-adjudication representation
- Operations Committee size would not increase when the new leadership
joins the group
- Commission Focus and Implementation format
- It has been suggested that the Commission re-examine its focus and format
of the implementation process. We discussed identifying a few priorities
to work on together-collaborating our resources and efforts to accomplish
as a group (eg. the Racial Profiling legislation).
- Each subcommittee will identify three issues of concern during their
Subcommittee Report at the October 7th Operations Committee meeting.
Memos to Subcommittee Chairs will be emailed this week These issues
will be synthesized for discussion at the October 23rd Commission
meeting, when we could select the top priorities for 2003.
3. PRESENTATION ON THE BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLE IMPLEMENTATION
EFFORTS (Keith Hamilton)
Keith Hamilton (Commission member, Board of Pardons and Parole member) was joined by the
full Board and staff. The presentation described BOPP and its Task Force implementation
process. Please refer to the hard copies in your meeting materials.
Noted from the presentation:
- Decisions from Board Hearings are made on a case by case basis; analysis by groupings
(eg. Race, gender, age, etc) does not fare well as nuances of individual cases are not
- Board makes decisions by majority vote; the member who conducts the hearing will
provide a report and bring the info to the Board meeting for the group to vote upon. The
member conducting the hearing is the only one to know the race of the offender
(exceptions would be in cases of hate crimes or instances where race is an primary factor
of the crime)
- Decisions are not based upon economics, but this does weigh into the equation from the
- Racial Data: Data is available for those entering prison and those in prison, but not for
those leaving. BOPP commissioned a study in 1996 to look at these statistics in three
counties. Study paid for by graduate intern funds. Caution is stressed for the
interpretation of numbers in smaller counties (eg. Number of cases was small). Also,
stats are based upon released individuals, so does not capture lifers/long-timers.
- Sentencing Guidelines are advisory, not mandatory. They serve as a baseline/starting
point and then the individual case is taken into account.
- Voting is of conscience. There are statistical instruments available, but most focus
on/measure specific populations (eg. Drugs, psychometrics, etc)
- Diversity in the workplace-pride in the broad representation with the Board and staff;
feels that BOPP is a neutral party
- Questions surrounded hearings, sentencing guidelines, maintenance of data collection,
PSI errors, statistical questions, victim data, judicial statistics/issues. All questions will
be forwarded to the BOPP for additional follow-up, then all Q&A will be emailed to
- **A special thanks was expressed to Keith for inviting members to attend Board
Hearings and particularly for setting up a very informative session for the Advisory
4. UPDATE FROM THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COUNCIL (Haruko Moriyasu):
Haruko Moriyasu (Commission member, Advisory Council Asian American seat) presented an
update on the Advisory Council. Please refer to the most recent meeting minutes in your
Noted from the presentation:
- Advisory Council needs more participatory ownership of the Commission efforts.
Community needs an active role with the system. HOW can the Advisory Council be
more active participants?
- Ed McConkie and CCJJ volunteered to conduct educational efforts on the system and
address the role in policy. CCJJ will also be an excellent resource to provide
information because they are not tied to a particular agency and have a wide scope of
info. This will be brought to the Advisory Council 9/25.
- Suggestion: the Advisory Council could also come up with a list of priorities (similar to
a Commission subcommittee). This will be brought to the Advisory Council 9/25.
- Suggestion: give Advisory Council more specific action items from the subcommittees.
This would occur after the Commission has identified its priorities and the
subcommittees account for these in their action plans. Response: desire for a more
timely plan of action, this may take too long.
- Suggestion: Have Advisory Council members sit on subcommittees?
- Suggestion: Have a joint Advisory Council and Commission meeting?
- Dialogue on Freedom issues: Some Advisory Council members felt that the
representation of diversity in the newspaper insert was incorrect and harmful. Discussed
the importance of visible representation, especially in media. Desire for a more
proactive role, where the community would be consulted for input prior to release
5. ANNOUNCEMENTS (John T. Nielsen)
- Agency Response documents are overdue (9/16)! The Annual Report
Subcommittee needs them to proceed in the writing of the report and
maintaining our timeline. Still Needed: Bar, SLLDA, Chiefs of Police,
Sheriff's Assn, Youth Corrections
- the current Op Cmte will stay in place until 2003 (with the release of the
Annual Report). The new members will be transitioned in during the rest
- Next Op Cmte meeting: Monday October 7, 2002 at 12:00pm in the
Council Room, 3rd Floor of Matheson Courthouse
6. NEXT MEETING DETAILS
- The next Commission meeting will be on Wednesday October 23, 2002
- 11:30am - 1:00pm
- at the Department of Corrections
7. ADJOURNMENT: (John T. Nielsen)
- There being no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 1:00p.m.
- Special thank you to Keith Hamilton and the Board of Pardons and Parole for their
hospitality and informative presentation.