Executive Order

Executive Order  No. 226: Anti-crime Council

Date: 02/16/1983
Issuer: Michael S. Dukakis
Mass Register: No. 352
Revoked and Superseded by: Executive Order 267

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WHEREAS, the incidence of serious crime within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts continues at an unacceptable rate, causing widespread and devastating human injury, and creating a distressing climate of fear;

WHEREAS, the citizens of the Commonwealth are entitled to be secure in their homes and communities, and are entitled to adequate protection from their government against criminal behavior;

WHEREAS, a coordinated effort by all segments of the Commonwealth's criminal justice system is essential to attack the causes for the intolerable levels of criminal behavior which exist in the Commonwealth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Michael S. Dukakis, Governor of the Commonwealth, by virtue of the authority vested in me as supreme executive magistrate, do hereby order that:

Section 1 An advisory body is hereby established which shall be known as the Governor's Statewide Anti-crime Council, and which shall advise the Governor with respect to issues relating to crime, and shall, from time to time, submit to the Governor proposals which it determines to be necessary and proper for reducing the level of crime in the Commonwealth.

Section 2 The Governor shall serve as Chairman of the Council, and the Lieutenant Governor shall serve as Vice-Chairman.

Section 3 The Council shall consist of such other members as the Governor shall, from time to time, appoint, all of whom shall serve at his pleasure. The membership shall include, among others, the Attorney General, members of the Governor's cabinet, one or more District Attorneys, representatives of the law enforcement community at the state, county and local levels, representatives of the judiciary, representatives from both the Senate and House of the state legislature, members drawn from the practicing bar, and private citizens. Members of the Council shall receive no compensation, but shall be reimbursed for customary and usual expenses directly incurred in the performance of their duties.

Section 4 Among the purposes of the Council shall be the preparation of proposals regarding priorities for immediate action in reducing crime, suggestions for administrative reforms that the Governor and his administration can institute which can be rapidly and effectively implemented, proposals for legislative initiatives, and proposals for the long-term improvement of our criminal justice system.

Section 5 This Executive Order shall continue in effect until amended, suspended or terminated by subsequent Executive Order.

Given at the Executive Chambers in Boston this 16th day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and eighty-three, and of the independence of the United States of America two hundred seven.



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