CHARLESTON -- A state official has been reappointed to the board of directors of a national state government council's Justice Center.
Gov. Joe Manchin, who also is the Council of State Governments President, along with CSG Chairperson and Idaho State Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis have announced the reappointment of Steven D. Canterbury to the board of directors for CSG's Justice Center.
Canterbury, who is Administrative Director of the Courts of West Virginia, joins a group of bipartisan legislators, court and law enforcement officials and members of several governors' cabinets from corrections and health and human services agencies, to serve on the board.
Canterbury was selected to serve on the 25-person board for a period of two years.
"It's an honor to continue to serve with such an extraordinary group of dedicated public servants," he said. "Information that I have gleaned from other board members has been extremely helpful to many of our criminal justice projects in West Virginia, and I hope the others have benefitted as much from experiences I have brought to them."
The purpose of the board is to guide various projects that the Justice Center administers, including those on criminal justice/mental health issues, prisoner reentry, and state's investments in public safety. The Justice Center is also launching a new project regarding school discipline and its impact on involvement in the juvenile justice system.
State officials across the country have used the findings and technical assistance provided through Justice Center projects to develop legislative initiatives. Congress has also worked closely with leaders of the board, drawing on recommendations provided by the Justice Center to shape national policy.
"We are delighted that Steve Canterbury has been reappointed to our board," said New York Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry, who is the incoming chairman of the Justice Center board. "As a key voice on criminal justice policy in West Virginia, he will continue to make a great contribution to our work."
The Council of State Governments Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels from all branches of government. It provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies --informed by available evidence -- to increase public safety and strengthen communities. The Justice Center is funded through contracts with and grants from federal agencies, state and local governments, and private foundations.