DE Attorney General Kathy Jennings to speak at Dec. 4 DelCOG Forum

“Criminal Justice Reform and
Department of Justice Priorities for 2020″

The Attorney General, Delaware’s chief law enforcement officer, has broad responsibility to combat crime, safeguard families, fight fraud, and protect consumers in the First State.

Kathy Jennings, Attorney General for the state of Delaware, is forthright about her mission: “I have dedicated my life to making the justice system work better for the people of Delaware and to making Delaware a safer place to live, work, and to raise a family.” Delaware’s chief law enforcement officer, the AG has broad responsibility “to combat crime, safeguard families, fight fraud, and protect consumers in the First State” She will address criminal justice reform as well as Department of Justice priorities for 2020 at the DelCOG annual meeting at Widener University Delaware Law School, 4601 Concord Pike, Wilmington, on Wednesday, December 4.

Although this event is FREE, please register below.

6:30 p.m. Social Gathering and Light Refreshments

7:05 p.m. Address by Delaware AG Kathy Jennings

Q & A to follow


To make Delaware a safer place to live, work, and raise a family, AG Jennings has been working to

o expand the Crime Strategies Unit that will consist of a proactive weekly walk with prosecutors, Wilmington police, Wilmington officials and public health officials who can spot issues and provide wrap-around services in all three counties to those who need them.
o expand access to mental health and addiction resources.

She sees as priorities for 2020

o Improving services to children when they first interact with the criminal justice system.
o Advocating common-sense solutions to gun violence.
o Prosecuting violent gun offenders.
o Providing immediate services to victims of violence and to witnesses to violence to help minimize trauma.

And because she admires the “resolve and determination” of the youth of our country who have demanded action from the adults to stop gun violence, Jennings says she will “stand in support of these children and will be fully committed to using my office’s resources to reduce gun violence throughout our state.”

A native Wilmingtonian, Jennings began her legal career as one of only two women in the Criminal Division of the Delaware Department of Justice. In the years that followed, she prosecuted scores of domestic violence, sexual assault, and homicide cases.

She went on to serve as both State Prosecutor and Chief Deputy Attorney General, prior to entering private practice representing individuals and companies in criminal, regulatory and civil matters. She returned to the DOJ as State Prosecutor under Attorneys General Beau Biden and Matt Denn. As Chief Administrative Officer of New Castle County under County Executive Matt Meyer, Jennings managed personnel and budgetary matters for Delaware’s second-largest public employer.

Because of the depth of her experience successfully prosecuting hundreds of criminal cases and successfully advocating for criminal justice reform, Kathy Jennings was elected Delaware’s 46th Attorney General in 2018 and was sworn in January 1, 2019.

AG Jennings’ Legacy

As Chief Deputy Attorney General, she
o Successfully sought legislation to provide protections to consumers.
o Developed and implemented the Consumer Fraud Division.

As State Prosecutor (supervised all criminal prosecutions statewide), Jennings

o Reformed the habitual offender law, which put an end to mandatory life sentences for three felony drug convictions.
o Helped strengthen gun laws involving violent felons.
o Created the Child Victim Unit.
o Formed the Crime Strategies Unit to work directly in areas with high incidences of violent crime in all three counties.
o Collaborated with police to formulate Delaware’s first model policy for police-worn body cameras.
o Secured funds to provide the lifesaving drug Narcan to police agencies statewide.
o Successfully worked on criminal justice reform, including
§ Restoration of driving privileges for people exiting the justice system.
§ Restoration of the voting rights of convicted felons.
§ Restoration of driving privileges for people exiting the justice system.
§ Reform of the bail system.

In private practice (16 years), she
o Defended the employment rights of teachers.
o Represented individuals accused of crimes.


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Tags: Criminal Justice Reform

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