LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday he has named his appointees to a task force that will track the impact of newly enacted reforms to the state’s criminal justice system.

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday he has named his appointees to a task force that will track the impact of newly enacted reforms to the state’s criminal justice system.


The Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force was created by Act 895 of 2015, or The Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2015.


The panel will monitor enforcement and outcomes of other provisions in Act 895, which seeks to reduce prison overcrowding through sentencing and parole reforms.


Appointed are:


— Specialty Court Judge Gary Arnold.


— Specialty Court Judge Cristi Beaumont.


— Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder.


— Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Ken Casady.


— Little Rock Police Chief Kent Buckner.


— Steve Newsome, president and CEO of Counseling Associates. Inc. and Medicaid provider.


— Robin Raveendran, Medicaid provider.


— Attorney John Wesley Hall, at-large member.


— Attorney Tjuana Byrd, at-large member.


— Businessman Drew Baker, at-large member.


Act 895 also calls for the following people to serve on the task force:


— State Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Benton, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman.


— Rep. Matthew Shepherd, R-El Dorado, House Judiciary Committee chairman.


— Benny Magness, state Board of Corrections chairman.


— John Felts, state Parole Board chairman.


— Wendy Kelley, state Department of Correction director.


— Sheila Sharp, state Department of Community Corrections director.


House Speaker Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, and Senate President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, get one appointment each to the task force.


The panel is scheduled to hold its first meeting Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Multi-Agency Complex, also known as the Big MAC Building, behind the state Capitol.