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Lane Appointed to Criminal Justice Reform Committee

Scott County

The governor’s Committee on Criminal Justice Reform will hold its first meeting Thursday in Des Moines. And one of those looking forward to serving is Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane.

The committee is supposed to help Governor Reynolds put together legislative proposals for next year. And Sheriff Lane hopes to improve the current process for restoring rights for felons. 

“We can all see that a decision that was made in their late teens or 20 years old or thereabouts, that was non-violent, that they eventually were convicted of, they should be able to be washed free of that within so many years.”

He gets requests from people who want to vote or have their gun rights retored, and they haven’t committed a crime for decades. Currently each individual request must be approved by the governor - Lane thinks the process should be more “automatic.”

The committee will be chaired by Iowa Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg.