Correctional Reform Section

Council member Bios

Scott S. Oakley has been a member of the MSBA Correctional Reform Section Council since 2007 and is a past Chair of the Section.  Mr. Oakley began his criminal justice career in 1982 as a staff attorney in Counsel’s Office at the New York State Department of Correctional Services, where he provided litigation support and policy advice to the Department in anticipation of prisoners’ rights impact litigation.  In 1987 he joined the Maryland Attorney General’s Office at the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, where he litigated on behalf of the Department in state and federal courts and provided policy advice.  After a two-year sailing sabbatical he returned to New York State in 1991 as Counsel to the New York State Crime Victims Board, where he administered New York’s “Son of Sam law,” advised the Board in matters pertaining to crime victim compensation, and directed the Board’s subrogation efforts.  In 1996 Mr. Oakley returned to the Maryland Attorney General’s Office at the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, where he assumed primary responsibility for defending Maryland’s lethal injection execution protocol among other litigation matters involving the Department and provided policy advice.  Since 2006 Mr. Oakley has been the Executive Director of the Inmate Grievance Office and the Secretary of the Sundry Claims Board within the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, administratively adjudicating inmate complaints and claims for compensation.  Mr. Oakley is also a member and past President of the Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judiciary, the Maryland affiliate of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary.