Goals of the Committee

Over the next two years, the Committee will accomplish three primary goals:

  • Advise the Attorney General on the selection and implementation of a risk and needs. assessment system that is predictively accurate, equitable, and in the spirit of the First Step Act.

  • Suggest ways to leverage existing evidence-based recidivism-reduction programs; identify new evidence-based programs; and advise the Attorney General on the implementation and validation of these programs.

  • Deliver a report to Congress detailing progress, presenting findings, and recommending any revisions to the law, with particular focus on those inmates with offenses that currently disallow them from applying time-credits.

For more information on the IRC’s FSA-mandated role, click here.

How Members Were Chosen

IRC members were selected based on the following criteria:

  • Satisfaction of FSA-specified standards.

  • Diverse backgrounds and professional experience

  • Demonstrated expertise and former research on the issues

Committee Members

Patti Butterfield, Ph.D.
Patti Butterfield, Ph.D.
Adjunct faculty member, Southern New Hampshire University and former senior deputy assistant director in the federal Bureau of Prisons Reentry Services Division.
James M. Byrne, Ph.D.
James M. Byrne, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Chair, School of Criminology and Justice Studies at University of Massachusetts Lowell and Director of the Global Community Corrections Initiative. More…
Faye S. Taxman, Ph.D.
Faye S. Taxman, Ph.D.
University Professor and Director of the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence at George Mason University. More…
George J. Terwilliger III
George J. Terwilliger III
Partner, McGuire Woods, and former Deputy Attorney General and Acting Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. More…
John P. Walters
John P. Walters
Chief operating officer of Hudson Institute, and former director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the cabinet of President George W. Bush. More…
John E. Wetzel
John E. Wetzel
Secretary of Corrections for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Immediate Past Chair and member of the Executive Committee of the Council of State Governments Justice Center. More…