TN police chiefs among 130 officials calling for end to ‘mass incarceration'
By Knoxville News Sentinel
Chattanooga Police Fred Fletcher arriving at a crime scene recently. WRCBtv.com photo
The police chiefs of Memphis, Nashville and Chattanooga are among 130 top law enforcement officials from across the nation calling for an end to "mass incarceration" in the United States while maintaining public safety.
The officials have formed a new group, Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration, whose top leaders announced on Wednesday in Washington the group's policy agenda "to push reforms to reduce incarceration and strengthen public safety. Its top leaders will meet Thursday at the White House with President Barack Obama, who has called for reduced prison sentences and alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders.
Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong, Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson and Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher are listed as members of the organization, which includes individuals who lead or have led law enforcement agencies or associations and current and former prosecutors at the local, stte and federal levels of government. The membership list also includes Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner and Nashville lawyer Hal Hardin, who was the U.S. attorney for Middle Tennessee who led the investigations and prosecution of top state officials in the 1970s.