Racial Justice Task Force

Creation of the 17- member Racial Justice Task Force was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors on April 12, 2016. The mandate of the Task Force is as follows:

1. Research and identify consensus measures within the County to reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system;

2. Plan and oversee implementation of the measures once identified; and

3. Report back to the Board of Supervisors on progress made toward reducing
racial disparities within the criminal justice system.


We welcome your input into the process.  Submit your comments to the Racial Justice Task Force here.

On July 24, 2018, the Racial Justice Task Force presented its Final Report and Recommendations to the County Board of Supervisors.  You can download what was presented to the Board below:



TASK FORCE UPDATES:
July 24, 2018
The County's Board of Supervisor's (BOS) considered the Racial Justice Task Force and have adopted all the Task Forces recommendations except Recommendations #18 and #19.  These two recommendations have been sent back to the BOS Public Protection Committee (PPC) for further input from the Task Force and Sheriff.  All other Recommendations have been referred to the PPC to begin implementation.

September 18, 2018
Contra Costa County has opened the recruitment process to find seven members from the community to serve a two-year term on the Racial Justice Oversight Body.  This Body will be tasked with the periodic review and reporting of racial and ethnic disparities in the local criminal and juvenile justice systems, as well as the ongoing support and monitoring of efforts to implement recommendations to reduce the disparities. 

Anyone interested in applying can call 925-335-1900, or visit the County webpage
Applications can also be emailed to: ClerkoftheBoard@cob.cccounty.us

Recruitment Timeline:
  • September 18, 2018: First Day of the Application Period
  • November 2, 2018: Final Day of the Application Period, due by 5:00 p.m.
  • November 13, 2018: Public Protection Committee Meeting: Interviews
  • December 4, 2018: Board of Supervisors Consideration of Nominees
Download the full press release here.



Community Forums


The Racial Justice Task Force is hosting three Community Forums in each of the County's three major geographic regions during the month of May 2018.  These forums will provide the public with an opportunity to receive updates on the Task Force's work, review a working set of recommendations, and provide feedback directly to Task Force Members prior to the body's upcoming final report to the Board of Supervisors.

There will only be one more scheduled meeting of the Task Force after the conclusion of this round of public forums, so all interested stakeholders should attend one of the forums below and provide their input. RJTF-Community Forums During the month of November 2017, the Racial Justice Task Force held community forums in each of the five Board of Supervisor districts.  These forums provided the public with an opportunity to learn about the work being done by the Task Force, and to provide their feedback directly to Task Force Members.

A report back from these Community Forums was presented at the December 2017 Task Force meeting, and the details of this report can be found in the materials for that meeting (linked below).


Task Force Members

MEMBER SEAT
NAME
TITLE/AFFILIATION
County Probation Officer Todd Billeci
County Probation Officer
County Public Defender
Robin Lipetzky
County Public Defender
County District Attorney
Venus Johnson
Assistant District Attorney
County Sheriff-Coroner
John Lowden
Assistant Sheriff, Contra Costa Sheriff
County Health Services Director
Dr. William Walker
County Health Services Director
County Police Chief's Association
Bisa French
Assistant Chief, Richmond Police Department
Contra Costa Superior Court*
James Paulsen
Director of Family and Probate
Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Debra Mason
MDUSD Board Member
Antioch Unified School District
Cardenas Shackelford
AUSD Coordinator Student Intervention and Support
West Contra Costa Unified School District
Marcus Walton
WCCUSD Communications Director
Mental Health Representative
Christine Gerchow, PhD.
Psychologist, Juvenile Hall - Martinez; District IV resident
Public Member - At Large
Harlan Grossman
Past Chair AB109 CAB; 2016 GARE, District II Resident
CBO Seat 1
Stephanie Medley
Past Chair AB109 CAB; RYSE; District I resident
CBO Seat 2
Donnell Jones
CCISCO; Ceasefire Richmond; District I resident
CBO Seat 3
Tamisha
Torres-Walker
Safe Return Team; Racial Justice Coalition; District III resident
CBO Seat 4
Leslie Takahashi
Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, District V resident
CBO Seat 5
Dennisha Marsh
First Five CCC; City of Pittsburg Advisory Council; District V resident
*Superior Court has requested this seat be filled as a non-voting Member of the Task Force.

Agendas


Meetings occur on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 1pm.

You can access meeting agendas and minutes here.  Agendas are made available prior to the scheduled meetings, and minutes are posted once approved by the Task Force.

2017 Meeting Schedule
 DATE/AGENDA
 ROOM  TIME
 April 5, 2017
 Zoning Admin Rm (30 Muir Rd, Martinez)
 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 May 3, 2017
 Rm 101 (McBrien Admin Bldg, Martinez)
 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 June 7, 2017
 Zoning Admin Rm (30 Muir Rd, Martinez)
 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 July 5, 2017
 Zoning Admin Rm (30 Muir Rd, Martinez)
 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 August 2, 2017
 Zoning Admin Rm (30 Muir Rd, Martinez)
 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 September 6, 2017
 Sequoia Rm (50 Douglas Dr, Martinez)
 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 October 4, 2017
 Zoning Admin Rm (30 Muir Rd, Martinez)
 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 November 1, 2017
 Zoning Admin Rm (30 Muir Rd, Martinez)
 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 December 6, 2017
 Sequoia Rm (30 Muir Rd, Martinez)
 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 January 3, 2018
 Rm 101/102 (40 Douglas Dr, Martinez)  1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
 February 14, 2018  Rm 101 (McBrien Admin Bldg, Martinez)
 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
 March 7, 2018  Zoning Admin Rm (30 Muir Rd, Martinez)
 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
 April 4, 2018  Sequoia Rm (50 Douglas Dr, Martinez)
 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
 May 16, 2018  Rm 101 (McBrien Admin Bldg, Martinez)
 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
 June 6, 2018  Sequoia Rm (50 Douglas Dr, Martinez)
 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
 September 5, 2018  Rm 101 (McBrien Admin Bldg, Martinez)
 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
 October 9, 2018  Community Room (900 Ward St, Martinez)
 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
 November 14, 2018  Rm 101 (McBrien Admin Bldg, Martinez)
 9:00 am - 11:00 am