We made a commitment to the public. We made a commitment that we would fix the death penalty. That is something that we owe the citizens of the state of California, the murdered victims, and the victims’ families.
Two things I will say: One. I appreciate the amount of time he gave it. And I accept his apology. But I respectfully agree to disagree with him on what the big picture is. Like I’ve been saying all along, it’s that police officers put their lives on the line every day. They have one of the most dangerous jobs in America ... and that’s the conversation that needs to happen.
In 2011, elected to represent the State of California on the National District Attorneys Association Board of Directors (NDAA)
In July 2016, elected President of NDAA (Served one year term from 2016-17)
Currently serving as chair of NDAA’s Committee for Corrections and Prison Re-entry
M.A.D.D. Prosecutor of the Year Award (1998)
Inland Empire Hispanic Image Awards recipient for Influential Latino of the Year (2005)
Earned Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of California in Riverside in 1980
Began government service in 1980 as a group counselor with the Probation Department and then later became a Probation Officer
Appointed to Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board January 2004 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Served from 2004-2018.
Former President of the California District Attorneys Association
Redlands school board member from 1995 – 2002
Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2011 to the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST)
Earned Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Citrus Belt Law School in Riverside in 1988
Started career with the District Attorney’s Office in June 1989 as a Deputy District Attorney. After working in general prosecution and the narcotics unit, served with the Major Crimes Unit for four years.