- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says a working group will review Iowa’s criminal justice practices to make recommendations for reform.

Branstad announced the group’s formation Friday during a summit in Ankeny that addressed racial disproportionality in Iowa’s criminal justice system.

The group will be given access to state agencies and other resources, and they will be expected to present a report with recommendations by November. Branstad says the deadline allows lawmakers to consider suggestions for the next legislative session.

The working group will include experts on justice policies, including a representative from the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.

The summit Friday was organized by the Iowa-Nebraska State Area Conference of Branches for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

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