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Vacancy: Jamie Miller

It is with deep sadness that the Commission reports that a vacancy has been created by the unfortunate passing of Jamie Miller. Jamie was a tremendous, long-term member of the Commission, serving as co-chair from July 2019-July 2020. We all deeply mourn Jamie’s passing, and send our deepest condolences to her family and friends.

Resignation: Suzanne Heim-Bowen

The Vice-Chair of the Commission, Suzanne Heim-Bowen, has submitted her resignation. The Commission deeply wishes Suzanne and her family the best, and thanks her for her years of service on the Commission.

Commission Opposes OAYRF Closure

On August 3, 2020 the Commission issued a statement in regards to the proposed closure of the Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Facility (OAYRF). The full statement can be found here. Any inquiries should be directed to the Chair of the Commission.

Here is the Executive Summary of the Statement:

The Contra Costa Juvenile Justice Commission engaged in extensive fact-finding, including interviewing Probation staff and youth currently at the Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Facility (OAYRF), as well as extensive conversations with Contra Costa County agencies, community-based organizations, and solicited feedback.

The Commission has come to the conclusion that now is not the time to make a final decision about closing the OAYRF, and strongly recommends that the Board of Supervisors votes to retain the facility in the 2020-2021 fiscal year. 

The Commission calls on the Board of Supervisors to sponsor a larger conversation about the juvenile justice system in Contra Costa County over the next 12-24 months. The Board of Supervisors should designate the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council to formulate a Juvenile Justice Strategic Roadmap, to be completed no later than April 2022. This Roadmap should inform the County’s decisions regarding facility management, developing robust diversion and intervention programs in the community, and aligning Contra Costa’s juvenile justice system to new national standards and best practices.

New Commission Officers

New Commission officers were elected on April 1, 2020. They took office on July 1, 2020.

  • Chair: Ri Scott*
  • Vice Chair: Suzanne Hendler
  • Treasurer: Samantha Ybona
  • Chair, Inspections Subcommittee: Shirley Lorenz
  • Chair, Membership Subcommittee: Diane Sprouse
  • Chair, Technology Subcommittee: Rushil Roy

* Pursuant to the Bylaws, enacted February 5, 2020, the Commission approved a waiver for the election of Ri Scott to the Chair, as Ri Scott had not served a year on the Commission. The waiver was approved by unanimous consent.