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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. 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.

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.