New WIG Chair Announces Criminal Justice Reform as her Two-Year Initiative

For Immediate Release
February 8, 2016

New WIG Chair Kansas State Senator Kay Wolf Announces Criminal Justice Reform as Two-Year Initiative - State Senator Kay Wolf (R-Kansas), newly elected chair of the Board of Directors for Women In Government, announces criminal justice reform as her initiative for the next two years.  Women in Government is the nation’s leading nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to the empowerment of women state legislators across the country.

Building on the work of the immediate past chair, Representative Helen Miller (D-Iowa), Senator Wolf states that criminal justice reform is a bipartisan concern that challenges all states across the country, “Representative Miller and I are committed to working with other women state legislators to explore the many issues associated with criminal justice reform and identify possible solutions that will create real change.”

Women In Government launched its 2016 efforts toward criminal justice reform at its 22ndAnnual State Directors’ Conference in Tampa, Fla., with programming featuring Laura Moneyham, Assistant Secretary for Residential Services for Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice; Jesse Wiese, Director of The Second Prison Project; and Lamont Carey CEO and President of CONTACT VISITS.  Additional criminal justice programming will occur at regional events in Seattle, Wash., Minneapolis, Minn. and Bar Harbor, Maine.

Elected in 2012, Senator Wolf is serving her first term in the Kansas State Senate. Prior, she served seven years in the Kansas House of Representatives and five years as a member of the Prairie Village City Council. Senator Wolf is chair of the Joint Committee on State Building Construction, vice chair of the Transportation Committee, and is a member of the Local Government; Ethics and Elections; and Federal and State Affairs Committees.              

For more than 27 years, Women in Government has provided state-of-the-art educational resources and networking opportunities to the more than 1,800 women serving in state legislatures across the country to enable them to make informed policy decisions based on the most current data and information available.