Dorislee Gilbert was one of two assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys across the state recognized for her outstanding service to the Commonwealth and the Jefferson County Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. The award was presented at yesterday’s luncheon during the winter meeting of the Kentucky Prosecutors Conference. Dorislee was hired for our office in 2004 and began prosecuting child abuse cases with DVU. In 2010 she lateraled over to the appellate division where she continues to serve today as the Division Chief. Dorislee has been the portal for many law students who served as clerks and later Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys. She still prosecutes cases to keep her trial skills sharp. She has a keen eye for talent, a strong sense of justice, and great trial intuition. She is a great appellate attorney because she has walked the talk! Her “did you know” series and her in house trainings match any courses offered by the National District Attorneys Association and the Kentucky Prosecutors annual conferences. She is a true asset to all Kentucky prosecutors and is our treasure.
Please join us on December 19th. Texas Roadhouse will serve up meals to 300 people in Beecher Terrace Public Housing—the organizers are also spearheading a toy drive to give 173 kids something special this holiday.
In the early 1990s, crime was at a historic high. The “tough on crime” movement rose in response, and the nation saw expanded mandatory minimums, three-strikes, and zero-tolerance laws. Youth were a particular focus, with gang violence plaguing most major cities.
It was in the wake of these troubling trends that a small team of influential law enforcement leaders questioned how to prevent crime in the first place.
This group included current and former NYPD commissioners, Elliot Richardson (U.S. Attorney General under President Nixon and Ford) and other concerned police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys, and crime survivors from around the country. In 1996, they launched Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, a national group of law enforcement leaders who would work to prevent crime by helping at-risk children succeed in life.
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids’ members and staff realized that law enforcement wasn’t the only sector affected by young people’s trajectories in life. In 2006, they formed the nonpartisan nonprofit Council for a Strong America in order to create a launching pad for other organizations of American leaders who care about the next generation’s ability to become productive members of society.
Earlier this year Tom Wine was asked to serve on the Fight Crime: Invest in Kids National Leadership Council! The National Leadership Council is comprised of some of our country’s most engaged members, including chiefs of police, sheriffs, prosecutors and crime survivors.
The National Leadership Council will urge other law enforcement leaders to join the organization; provide feedback as Fight Crime: Invest in Kids explores new policy issues to tackle. The Council will be an advocate with corporations and foundations to help fund Fight Crime: Invest in Kids’ work; speaking out for evidence-based policies and programs that steer kids away from crime; and, as opportunities arise, be a national spokesperson for the organization.