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Becki Goggins to Join SEARCH as Law and Policy Director


BeckiGogginsMs. Becki Goggins will join SEARCH’s team as Director of Law and Policy on September 15, 2014.

As Director of Law and Policy, Ms. Goggins will oversee SEARCH’s consulting practice in the areas of criminal history records, development of laws and policies concerning the use of justice information and protection of privacy, implementation of evidence-based practices, and the use of technology to improve justice information sharing.

Ms. Goggins has been working recently in the office of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on a statewide effort to reduce recidivism through improved information exchange between corrections agencies and mental health providers. Prior to this initiative, she led efforts at Alabama’s health insurance exchange to develop privacy and security policies governing sharing of sensitive health data, and oversaw efforts to implement interagency information exchanges across the state.

For 7 years prior to that, she served as Division Manager for Alabama’s Uniform Crime Reporting Division and Statistical Analysis Center, where she managed the state’s criminal history repository, crime reporting responsibilities, analysis and research projects, and participated in national data-exchange initiatives such as N-DEx and the CONNECT project.

“We are thrilled that Becki will be joining the SEARCH staff team,” said SEARCH Executive Director Scott Came. “As someone who has managed a state’s criminal records, crime reporting, and statistical analysis initiatives, she has the knowledge and experience to lead the Law and Policy Program forward. We are excited about her thought leadership on a wide range of critical issues, from justice-health information exchange to privacy policy to practical application of evidence-based practices.”

He noted that Ms. Goggins is frequently asked to serve as a peer technical assistance provider and consultant to information sharing projects across the country. “Becki has a track record of helping jurisdictions tackle difficult information sharing problems, largely by sharing the lessons learned from solving these same problems in Alabama,” he added. “This background and perspective will serve us and our clients well in the future.”

Prior to Ms. Goggins’ state government service, which began in 2004, she worked for 10 years as Research Director for The Sentencing Institute at Auburn University.

Ms. Goggins has a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Public Administration, both from Auburn University.

She will replace Mr. Owen M. Greenspan, who is retiring September 30 after 19 years of service to SEARCH.

Law and Policy Director

  • Researches and writes about issues that impact justice information management and policy
  • Organizes conferences and workshops
  • Establishes and supports task forces
  • Conducts surveys on issues pertinent to criminal record managers
  • Provides policy assistance to justice agencies
  • Works collaboratively with governmental entities and other organizations to improve the quality of justice and public safety.

Read more about SEARCH’s work on criminal history record issues and privacy policy development and implementation

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