Delegate Chris Peace Appointed to the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board

-- Relate Peace legislation will reform and streamline funding for Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention Agencies --

Central Virginia - Speaker of the House William J. Howell recently appointed Delegate Christopher K. Peace (R-Hanover) to the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board (CJSB).  The CJSB is the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) policy board, and represents all aspects of the criminal justice system on both state and local levels of government, as well as representatives of the private security industry, the public-at-large and members of the General Assembly.

The Board is the approving authority for Department regulations as well as for grant applications the Department awards to localities, state agencies and private non-profit organizations, such as the Hanover Safe Place.

Delegate Peace, speaking of his appointment, stated "I am honored to be appointed to this Board which connects all aspects of our criminal justice system.  Virginia must remain a safe place to live, work and raise a family. To that end, the Department of Criminal Justice Services reviews opportunities to collaborate with others to maintain and enhance public safety in our communities."

Peace continued, "Of special importance to me is the Victim/Witness Grant Review Subcommittee, which reviews grant applications for victim/witness programs, sexual assault programs, rural domestic violence programs, projects to improve the investigation and prosecution of cases of violence against women, and or services for victims of these crimes and makes recommendations to the CJSB. In a time when our communities are witnessing an increase in domestic homicides it has never been more critical to see that important funds go to the places of greatest need."

"Having been the sponsor of successful legislation during the 2014 session which provides additional compensation for mental health services for survivors, reasonable moving expenses for domestic violence victims and a process to advance efforts to streamline sexual and domestic violence victim service grants, I am delighted to be asked to serve on the CJSB."

Delegate Christopher K. Peace was elected to represent the 97th District of the Virginia House of Delegates.  The District includes parts of Hanover, King William, and all of New Kent County.