Sen. Deschambault appointed to serve on the Criminal Law Advisory Commission

Posted: February 10, 2019 | Senator Deschambault

AUGUSTA — Sen. President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, has appointed Sen. Deschambault, D-Biddeford, to serve as a consultant to the Criminal Law Advisory Commission (CLAC).

The Criminal Law Advisory Commission is composed of 9 members appointed by the Attorney General. Members are chosen based on their experience and knowledge of Maine’s criminal law. Traditionally, the Attorney General appoints an equal number of prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers, among other members. The purpose of CLAC is to review Maine’s criminal laws and juvenile code and determine if amendments are necessary. CLAC also reviews amendments to these laws that are submitted to the Legislature and provides advice to the Legislature for its consideration in the legislative process. Sen. Deschambault is appointed to this consultant role because of her position as Chair of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

“I’m eager to bring my background, as an employee of the Department of Corrections for more than 40 years, and as Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Public Safety, to CLAC. My duty on this commission is to act in a supporting role to ensure the juvenile code and criminal code we follow in Maine are just and fair,” said Sen. Deschambault.