2012 Employee Recognition Awards - Justice
GOLD - Shared by members of the AB 109 Custody Alternatives Program Team
Back row, left to right:
Front row, left to right:
Elizabeth H. De La Torre
AB 109, the Public Safety Realignment Act, made sweeping reforms in the justice system, transferring responsibility for supervising specified lower level inmates and parolees from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to counties. With a common commitment to key values and principles, including the use of evidence-based practices, community inclusion, systemic reform, transparency in decision-making, and restorative justice, members of the Custody Alternatives Program Team worked together to develop ways to supervise a new caseload of parolees returning from state prison while still promoting the highest possible level of long-term public safety. Each member of the team approached this incredibly challenging assignment with enthusiasm and worked collaboratively to improve public safety outcomes for local residents, better meet the needs of victims of crime, and hold offenders accountable while facilitating their successful return to a productive role in the community. Team members worked diligently on this new assignment and have been successful in their efforts to assess inmates, place them into the appropriate custody alternative program, manage clients outside of jail facilities, and help former inmates receive services without jeopardizing public safety.
SILVER - Sgt. Joe Clarke
In addition to his assignment as the supervisor of Sheriff's Office Operations at Cabrillo College, Sgt. Clarke has been involved with different youth sports activities throughout his tenure with the Sheriff's Office, serving as a volunteer member of the Sheriff's Activity League (known as SAL) for 17 years and as SAL President for the past four years. Sgt. Clarke has spent much of his off-duty time working on the different activities sponsored by SAL throughout the county and has developed partnerships with community based organizations interested in providing activities for local youth. He oversees many SAL activities year in and year out and continually looks for ways to expand programs to reach a larger and broader group of youth in our communities. Though already working with the SAL Youth Soccer and Junior Giants Baseball leagues in South County, Sgt. Clarke took on the additional task of bringing an indoor soccer league and a Junior Giants league to the Live Oak area. Forming partnerships with the Live Oak Unified School District, Live Oak Family Resource Center, and COPA, Sgt. Clarke worked collaboratively with these groups to offer new opportunities to over 500 new participants in the Live Oak area to help develop leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship. The SAL program currently provides activities to over 800 boys and girls countywide free of charge, made possible through the success of fundraising efforts and grant opportunities spearheaded by Sgt. Clarke.
BRONZE - Geri Corrales
An Account Technician with the Sheriff's Office, Geri shares office space with the Volunteer Coordinator position for the Sheriff's Volunteer Program and understands how important it is for Sheriff's Office volunteers to have a "go to" person they can depend on. When the former Volunteer Coordinator stepped down, Geri offered to handle several duties of the Volunteer Coordinator position in addition to her normal responsibilities. For more than a year, Geri worked to help coordinate the different community events in the Sheriff's service centers, made improvements in the tracking system, reorganized and updated procedures, and provided extremely valuable assistance to the new Volunteer Coordinator when she came on board. As if that weren't enough, Geri also joined the Sheriff's Activity League Board of Directors, volunteers her time on behalf of Junior Giants and Youth Soccer, and also supports fundraising for important youth programs. Geri is to be commended for the level of caring she consistently demonstrates for Sheriff's Office volunteers, staff in the Sheriff's Office, and our local community.