Dominic M. Calabro, Florida TaxWatch President and CEO said, “Steve has brought an intense personal connection to the issue of criminal and juvenile justice, and will continue to work with Florida’s inmates through his prison ministry services. The TaxWatch Center for Smart Justice has been in good hands under Steve’s leadership, and will continue to advance its very successful work.”
Dr. Hammond, in announcing his resignation, stated, “I sincerely appreciate the opportunities I have been given at Florida TaxWatch. I have enjoyed the relationships both within TaxWatch and the community of stakeholders across Florida who are committed to justice reform. I was extremely fortunate to be supported by an advisory board of true professionals, each and everyone of whom was and is fully committed to advocating creative and innovative ways to promote justice reform, improve public safety, and reduce the taxpayers’ burden. I feel that it is time for me to move on to pursue other interests and opportunities, not the least of which is further commitment to prison ministry.”
The Center will continue its work, and will conduct an extensive search for its new Executive Director over the next four months. In the interim, the important work of the Center will continue through the dedicated efforts of TaxWatch Center for Smart Justice researcher Nathan Waible, and others, under the direction of Robert Weissert, Vice President for Research and General Counsel.