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Media Contact:
Michele Hall
Boone County Commission Administrative Coordinator
(573) 886-4312

Boone County Commissioner Janet Thompson Appointed as NACo Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee Leadership

July 25, 2018 –Boone County Commissioner Janet Thompson has been appointed to the National Association of Counties (NACo) Justice and Public Safety (JPS) Steering Committee as the Chair of the Juvenile Subcommittee. Incoming NACo President Greg Cox announced the JPS leadership appointments for the 2018-2019 term on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Janet has served on the JPS Steering Committee for three years.

Prior to her service as Boone County Commissioner, Janet worked for 25 years in the Missouri State Public Defender System. Since her election to the Commission in 2012, she has focused attention on county-wide efforts to improve the criminal justice system, including addressing risk factors leading to involvement with the criminal justice system. These efforts include the County’s participation in the Stepping Up Initiative, which focuses on mental illness in jails, and the Data-Driven Justice Initiative, which focuses on developing resource-saving interventions for populations who may be better served by jail alternatives. Additionally, Janet is the Commission liaison for the 13th Judicial Circuit Family Court Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Steering Committee, the Boone County Community Services Department and the Cradle to Career Alliance, all of which focus on reducing risk factors for at-risk youth and families and improving the odds of success for children, families and our community.

NACo’s Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee has jurisdiction over the organization’s policies on all matters pertaining to criminal justice and public safety systems, including ​criminal justice planning, law enforcement, courts, corrections, homeland security, community crime prevention, juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, emergency management, fire prevention and control, and civil disturbances. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


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