BILLERICA, Mass. – Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian recently joined current and former public safety leaders, White House officials, mayors and members of the faith community for a bipartisan summit on criminal justice reform and reentry solutions.
“I was honored to be invited to participate in the Operation Reform summit,” said Sheriff Koutoujian, a founding member of Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration. “The law enforcement community has an important voice to lend to the growing national discussion of criminal justice reform. I was proud to share some of the work we are doing at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, particularly around educational, vocational and addiction treatment programming – all of which are key ingredients to successful reentry.”
Held November 18-19 in Jacksonville, Florida, the summit was sponsored by a coalition of organizations including Jacksonville’s Operation New Hope, #cut50 and the Ford Foundation.
Sheriff Koutoujian spoke on the first day of the conference as part of a panel entitled Law Enforcement’s Role in the Solution. The panel included U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Judge Monte Richardson, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida A. Lee Bentley, III and Robert Rooks, Organizing Director of Californians for Safety and Justice. The discussion was moderated by the Rev. Canon Allison DeFoor, a former Monroe County (Florida) Sheriff and a fellow founding member of Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration.