Posted: Apr 5, 2013 8:19 AM by AP
Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom is in the early stages of forming a committee to take a broad look at the parish's criminal justice system.
Neustrom tells The Advocate the committee is a policy board that would devise ways to improve an imperfect system that now is a department-to-department operation where employees rarely look beyond their own doors.
The team Neustrom has enlisted so far includes Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft, City-Parish President Joey Dural and chief administrative officer Dee Stanley, Judges Marilyn Castle and Kristian Earles, Clerk of Court Louis Perret, District Attorney Mike Harson, and school Superintendent Pat Cooper.
Neustrom said he got the idea for establishing a criminal justice coordinating committee at a National Institute of Corrections conference last year.