Executive Session on Public Safety Realignment
While Realignment affects every part of the criminal justice system, one of the most salient concerns is the effect on the front‐end of the system. With support from the Public Welfare Foundation, the Stanford Criminal Justice Center is leading a project to explore in depth the major front-end issues created by Realignment, as the policies of the different officials at key decision points in the front‐end phase merit careful examination and evaluation. Studying the front-end of the justice system is critical to understanding the ultimate costs, benefits, and impacts of Realignment. The key project components are:
Executive Session Members. The centerpiece of the project is the convening of an Executive Session that is comprised of ten state leaders to inform the development of the project, including identifying the key issues facing the front-end of the system, proposing topics to be examined over the course of the project, and providing feedback on a final report.
Sheriff Bill Brown
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department
President, Police Foundation
Matt Cate (Chair)
Executive Director, California State Association of Counties & Law and Policy Fellow, SCJC
Chief Jerry Dyer
Fresno Police Department
District Attorney George Gascón
City and County of San Francisco District Attorney’s Office
Director, County of Santa Clara, Office of Pretrial Services
Sheriff Sandra Hutchens
Orange County Sheriff’s Department
District Attorney Jackie Lacey
Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
Chief Jerry Powers
Los Angeles County Probation Department
Chief Kim Raney
Covina Police Department President, CA Police Chiefs Association
Executive Session Meetings. Three full-day Executive Session meetings took place at Stanford Law School over the course of 18 months. The Executive Session members decided upon the specific topics as the project progressed. In addition to the Executive Session members, each session included approximately five to seven subject-matter experts of the topic being featured in that particular session.
- The first meeting on June 10, 2013 focused on pre-trial and jail management issues. For more information click here.
- The second meeting on October 28, 2013 focused on Realignment’s operational effect on community supervision. For more information click here.
- The third meeting on February 10, 2014 focused on Realignment’s effects on public safety and local law enforcement. For more information click here.
Consensus Report. The research, discussions, and debates that emerged from the three Executive Session meetings culminated in a report that identified four priority issues and areas of consensus that the Executive Session members believe warrant immediate attention in order for Public Safety Realignment to continue to improve. For a copy of the Consensus Report click here. For a copy of a PowerPoint presentation that summarizes the Consensus Report click here.