Public Safety and Legal Counsel

Governors legal counsel serve as senior staff, overseeing legal issues with legislation, policy, executive orders, administrative actions, and executive appointments. Additionally, Governors are focused on public safety, crime, delinquency and related social and economic consequences. NGA serves the needs of governors and their policy advisors in a broad range of criminal, sentencing, corrections and justice-related policies.

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Meet the team

  • Ken Hardy, Program Director
  • Lauren Dedon, Senior Legal Policy Advisor
  • Erin Daneker, Policy Analyst
  • Maria Kearl, Policy Analyst
  • Camille Lodugnon, Policy Coordinator

NGA Public Safety & Legal Counsel networks

Governors Criminal Justice Policy Advisors Network

The Governors Criminal Justice Policy Advisors (CJPAs) Network provides a forum for governors’ criminal and juvenile justice policy advisors to connect with their peers in other states, promote regional information sharing and collaboration, and learn about best practices and the latest research in the field. NGA convenes CJPAs for an annual institute and offers customized technical assistance to them as requested through research and strategic planning support.

Governors’ Legal Counsel
Network

The Governors’ Legal Counsel Network is comprised of chief legal counsel, general counsel, and legal deputies to Governors. As part of this network, counsel have the unique opportunity to share best practices and legal lessons learned with peers across the nation. NGA convenes legal counsel on regular briefing calls, hosts counsel at an annual meeting, and provides ad hoc technical assistance and research support to the network on a vast array of legal and policy issues.

Consortium Of State Public Safety Executives

The Consortium of State Public Safety Executives is a network of cabinet-level secretaries and commissioners from across the country who are responsible for oversight of their state’s public safety enterprise, including state police, fire, corrections, emergency management and/or other related agencies. Members connect with their peers to share lessons learned, receive briefings from national experts on best practices and receive ongoing technical support from NGA staff.


Resources

States Strengthen Parole Policies and Practices

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), in partnership with the National Parole Resource Center (NPRC), has selected four states—Colorado, Kentucky, Nebraska and North Carolina—to participate in a learning collaborative focused ...

Governors Condemn Acts of Hatred

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) today released a statement following the deadly attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend that killed three people and left 35 injured: “The nation’s governors ...

States Strategize to Increase Traffic Safety

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) today announced four states, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina and South Dakota, have been selected to participate in a learning lab ...

Three Branch Institute on Improving Child Safety and Preventing Child Fatalities

June 28–30, 2017 | Nashville, TN The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted a second meeting to help states participating in an ongoing policy academy implement ...

North Carolina Retreat on Enhancing Lead-by-Example Efforts

June 29, 2017 | Raleigh, NC The state of North Carolina, in partnership with the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) is working on an initiative on ...

Governors Welcome FEMA Administrator Confirmation

WASHINGTON—Today the Senate confirmed Brock Long to become administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, chair and vice chair of ...

Improving Emergency Communications Through Governance

The most critical element to ensuring interoperability of emergency communications tools and a highly functioning emergency communications ecosystem is a strong governance body that spans disciplines and levels of government ...

Virginia Helps States With Juvenile Justice Reform

RICHMOND—The National Governors Association (NGA) hosted a learning lab on alternatives to incarceration for justice-involved youth on Tuesday, April 11, and Wednesday, April 12. State teams from Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma and ...

States Strengthen Youth Incarceration Alternatives

Today the National Governors Association (NGA) announced that five states and territories—Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma and the Virgin Islands—have been selected to participate in a learning lab focused on alternatives to incarceration for justice-involved youth ...

Two More States Join Criminal Justice Reform Project

The National Governors Association (NGA), in partnership with the National Criminal Justice Association Center for Justice Planning, today announced that two additional states—Delaware and Vermont—have been selected to participate in the National Criminal ...

State Court Case Moves Online Sales Tax Reform One Step Closer to Resolution

WASHINGTON— Earlier today, South Dakota’s state circuit court found a law that would have allowed the state to collect sales tax from online retailers unconstitutional. Governors are not surprised by the ...

States Plan Data-Driven Criminal Justice Reform

Today the National Governors Association (NGA) announced that three states—Arizona, Illinois and Oregon—have been selected to participate in the National Criminal Justice Reform Project (NCJRP). In partnership with the National Criminal Justice Association ...