- Matthew Cate
- Law and Policy Fellow
Matthew Cate serves as the Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Cate also serves as chairman of both the Board of State and Community Corrections and the Prison Industry Authority. In 2010, Cate was elected regional president of the Association of State Correctional Administrators. Prior to his appointment as secretary, Cate served for four years as the California Inspector General. As inspector general, Cate was responsible for public oversight of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Since 2007, he has also served on the California Rehabilitation Oversight Board and, in that capacity is responsible for reporting to the state legislature on the progress made by the department in fulfilling its obligation to provide effective rehabilitative programs to California’s inmates and parolees.
Prior to becoming California’s Inspector General, Matthew Cate served as a state and local prosecutor. From 1996 to 2004, he held the position of deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice. In that capacity, he supervised a team of trial and appellate prosecutors, managed a criminal trial caseload of political corruption matters, and provided counsel to county grand juries. In 2003, while working on federal fraud and corruption matters, Cate was cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. From 1994 to 1996, Cate was a deputy district attorney for Sacramento County, last serving in a special assignment prosecuting juvenile rape and murder cases. Prior to joining the public sector, Cate worked as a business litigation attorney with the law firm Downey, Brand, Seymour & Rohwer. He has also held several positions as an instructor of legal and law enforcement-related topics, including standards training for peace officers.
- Kathryne M. Young
- Research Fellow
Kathryne M. Young is a Research Fellow at the Stanford Criminal Justice Center. She is pursuing her PhD in Sociology from Stanford University. Her dissertation is based on her ethnographic study of Hawaiian cockfighting. She is particularly interested in participants’ conceptions of localism and local identity, and how these understandings affect the way they see their lawbreaking behavior. Additionally, Young is studying the parole hearings process for lifer inmates in California prisons.
Young received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2011. Her awards include Stanford’s DARE (Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence) Doctoral Fellowship, the G. J. Lieberman Fellowship, the Sociology Department’s Cilker Teaching Award, and Stanford Law School’s Class Prize in both juvenile justice and wrongful convictions. Her work on rights consciousness received the Graduate Student Paper Award for the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Law Section.