AB 109 – Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011

AB 109, the Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on April 4, 2011. Effective October 1, 2011, this Act, along with numerous trailer bills, has made major changes to the criminal justice system in California. A large shift of responsibilities has been passed from the State to the Counties. In order to prepare for this shift, PC 1230.1 created an Executive Committee of the previously established Community Corrections Partnership (CCP), found under PC 1230 which stipulates the local CCP shall be comprised of the following:

Community Corrections Partnership
Member List and Authority

Executive Committee

Chairperson TR Merickel – Chief Probation Officer
Tamarah Harber-Pickens – Court Executive Officer (Designee for Judge Colette Humphrey)
Cynthia Zimmer – District Attorney
Peter Kang – Public Defender
Donny Youngblood – Sheriff
Greg Terry – Chief of Police (Bakersfield Police Department)
Stacy Kuwahara – Director of Behavioral Health & Recovery Services

Full Committee
(Includes Executive Committee)

Leticia Perez (District 5 Supervisor) – County Supervisor or CAO
Dena Murphy – Director of Human Services
Teresa Hitchcock – Assistant County Administrative Officer / Employers’ Training Resource
Ana Olvera – BH System Administrator of the Substance Use Disorder Division
Mary C. Barlow – Superintendent of Schools
Tom Corson (Network for Children) – CBO Representative
Linda Finnerty (Victim Services Coordinator) – Victim’s Interest Representative

This Executive Committee was tasked with creating and presenting an implementation plan to the County Board of Supervisors. The Executive Committee met frequently over several months leading up to implementation and received input from the entire CCP and the public developing a Kern County AB 109 Public Safety Realignment Act Implementation Plan for FY 11/12. The Executive Committee continues to develop and approve an AB 109 implementation plan each year which is presented to and approved by the Kern County Board of Supervisors. These plans can be found at the “Plans and Reports” tab.

Upcoming Meetings:
CCP Mtg Notice 06-01-22