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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

Jim Bueermann
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

Garry Herceg
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

Bios for Executive Session Members

Executive Session Meetings. Full-day Executive Session meetings will take place at Stanford Law School and will be held over the course of 18 months. The specific topics will be decided upon by the Executive Session members as the project progresses. In addition to the Executive Session members, each session will include approximately five subject experts of the topic being featured in that particular session.

Final Report. The work of the Executive Session will culminate in a final report that summarizes the major front‐end issues created by Realignment, identifies policy recommendations, and highlights best practices among California’s counties.

Dissemination of Findings and Recommendations. The findings and recommendations that result from the project with be shared with relevant stakeholders and professional associations such as the Governor’s Office, California State Legislature, California Attorney General’s Office, Board of State and Community Corrections, California Sheriffs Association, California Police Chiefs Association, California District Attorneys Association, California State Association of Counties, Chief Probation Officers of California, , and League of California Cities. The research could inform future amendments to state legislation, training and technical assistance direction taken by these organizations, and funding and policy decisions adopted by counties and local jurisdictions.