10th January 2010

Around the country, business leaders are advocating for public safety policies that control corrections costs, keep communities safe and ensure states have the workforce they need for a thriving economy.

The Public Safety Performance Project recently asked business leaders at the forefront of these efforts to participate in a question and answer session on their approach to working with policy makers on public safety issues.  Right-Sizing Prisons: Business Leaders Make the Case for Corrections Reform<http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/report_detail.aspx?id=56721> is the result.

The leaders share strategies for overcoming political challenges to reform and specific policy changes that are already yielding positive results in their states. They also discuss state spending on corrections vs. higher education, an issue Governor Schwarzenegger addressed yesterday in his state of the state speech.

The business leaders featured are:

*         Dave Adkisson, president and CEO, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce; chairman of the board, American Chamber of Commerce Executives

*         Barney T. Bishop III, president and CEO, Associated Industries of Florida

*         Frank H. Beal,  executive director, Chicago Metropolis 2020; board member, Business and Professional People for the Public Interest

*         James R. Holcomb, vice president for business advocacy and associate general counsel, Michigan Chamber of Commerce

*         Erin Hubert, vice president and general manager, Entercom Radio; board chair, Citizens Crime Commission

See www.pewcenteronthestates.org/report_detail.aspx?id=56721