She spends time serving on a variety of community projects and causes and has served on boards of directors, as trustee or on boards of visitors
for the Inasmuch Foundation, Oklahoma City University, Allied Arts, Mercy Hospital, YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, Casady High School, University of Oklahoma College of Law and the Center for Nonprofits.
Since then a number of changes have taken place, including the establishment of a secretariat in the Home Office to service the needs of boards, the renaming of boards of visitors
to Independent Monitoring Boards in April 2003, and the setting up of a National Council in December 2003.
GAO was asked to review all three service academies and specifically address the extent to which: (1) DOD oversees the service academies; (2) applicants are granted waivers of academic standards; and (3) various groups of students differ in admissions scores and academy performance.The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (OUSD/P&R), the services, and the academies' boards of visitors
conduct considerable oversight of the academies' operations and performance, but they lack a complete oversight framework.
The Prison Reform Trust, which carried out the study, revealed that 53 out of 60 boards of visitors to jails were "very troubled" by overcrowding because of the spiralling jail population.
Chairman of the National Advisory Council of Boards of Visitors Brian Baker warned that unless action was taken, overstretched prisons would face "major problems of control".
Until 1992 Boards of Visitors of penal institutions acted as quasi-judicial bodies dealing with serious offences against prison discipline, as well as being public 'watchdogs' to guard against abuses by the prison authorities, and independent channels for inmates' requests and complaints.
Inmates had little confidence in Boards of Visitors.
Reservations have repeatedly been expressed over the past 20 years about the effectiveness of Boards of Visitors in their roles as 'watchdogs' on behalf of the public and an independent channel for prisoners' complaints, requests, and grievances (Martin 1975; JUSTICE 1983; Maguire and Vagg 1984; Ditchfield and Austin 1986; Home Office 1987).
Doubt about the independence of Boards of Visitors from the Home Office and prison governors is not limited to inmates.
Evidence about all of this was published this week by the Prison Reform Trust in Prison Overcrowding - The Inside Story, which revealed that three quarters of prison boards of visitors
believed that overcrowding was threatening prison safety, and leading to prisoners being held in inhuman and degrading conditions which damaged attempts to reduce re-offending by prisoners.
More than three-quarters of prison Boards of Visitors
(BoVs) - appointed by the Home Secretary to monitor jail conditions - said their institution had been affected by the spiralling number of inmates.
The co-ordinating Committee of the Boards of Visitors
, the first national body, was created in 1985 along with a liaison officer in Prison Service headquarters.