Rep. Mary Littleton appointed Co-chair of Joint Ad Hoc Committee on Juvenile Justice



Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, has named State Rep. Mary Littleton, R-Dickson, co-chair of the newly created Joint Ad Hoc Committee on Juvenile Justice.


Created by the Speakers of the House and Senate, the committee will examine all aspects of juvenile detention and probation in the state. Committee members will also be tasked with studying all private youth facilities that contract with Tennessee.


“Mary Littleton’s dedication and advocacy on behalf of children as chair of the Children and Families Subcommittee makes her the ideal person to serve as co-chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Juvenile Justice,” said Speaker Sexton. “I appreciate her willingness to serve, and I know her extensive experience will enable her to do an incredible job working with our members to improve juvenile justice outcomes across Tennessee.”


The overall goal of the eight-member panel is to identify and create solutions to change the trajectories of juvenile offenders by improving outcomes, which will ultimately transform lives.


“I’m incredibly honored that Speaker Sexton has entrusted me with the responsibility to address this issue,” Littleton said. “I look forward to ways that we can improve juvenile justice in Tennessee and better manage meaningful consequences for juveniles that don’t involve jail cells.”


Littleton is serving her fifth term representing District 78 in the Tennessee House of Representatives. Her district includes Dickson and part of Cheatham counties.


The Joint Ad Hoc Committee on Juvenile Justice held its first meeting on June 27.