Commission Members

The Commission consists of 23 voting members, including judges, prosecutors, criminal defense counsel, the commissioners of the departments of Correction, Public Safety, and Mental Health and Addiction Services, the victim advocate, the executive director of the Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch, a municipal police chief, the chairperson of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, the undersecretary of the Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division of the Office of Policy and Management, and members of the public appointed by the Governor and the leaders of the General Assembly.

Robert J. Devlin, Jr.

Chair
Superior Court Judge
Appointed by: Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

John Santa

Vice Chairman
Malta Justice Initiative
Appointed by: Minority Leader of the Senate

Michael Lawlor

Undersecretary, Office of Policy and Management

Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division
Ex officio:  Undersecretary for Criminal
Justice Policy and Planning Division

Patrick L. Carroll, III

Chief Court Administrator
Appointed by: Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Gary White

Administrative Judge

J.D. and GA. 1 Courthouse
Appointed by: Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Gary Roberge

Executive Director

Court Support Services Division
Appointed by: Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Sarah Russell

Professor of Law

Quinnipiac University
Appointed by: Governor

Vivien K. Blackford

Phoenix Association
Appointed by: President Pro Tempore of the Senate

William R. Dyson

William A. O’Neil Endowed Chair

Central Connecticut State University
Appointed by: Speaker of the House of Representatives

Vacancy

Appointed by: Majority Leader of the House of Representatives

Thomas Kulhawik

Chief of Police

Norwalk Police Department
Appointed by: Majority Leader of the Senate

Robert Farr

Attorney (Retired)
Appointed by: Minority Leader of the House of Representatives

Jennifer L. Zito

Appointed by: President of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

David Shepack

State’s Attorney

Judicial District of Litchfield
Appointed by: Chief State’s Attorney; Qualification: State’s Attorney

Mark A. Palmer

Chief of Police

Coventry Police Department
Appointed by: President of the CT Police Chiefs Association

Kevin Kane

Chief State’s Attorney
Ex officio: Chief State’s Attorney

Christine Rapillo

Chief Public Defender
Ex officio: Chief Public Defender

Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D.

Commissioner

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Ex officio: Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Dora B. Schriro

Commissioner

Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection
Ex officio: Commissioner of Emergency Services & Public Protection

Scott Semple

Commissioner

Department of Correction
Ex officio: Commissioner of the Department of Correction

Natasha Pierre

State Victim Advocate
Ex officio: State Victim Advocate

Hillary Strackbein

Administrative Judge
New London
Appointed by: Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Carleton Giles

Chair

Board of Pardons and Paroles
Ex officio: Chair of the Board of Pardons and Paroles