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					Contra Costa District
 Attorney’s Office
                Mark Peterson
   26 years – every unit
   110 Jury Trials
   27 Murder Trials
   5 Death Penalty Trials

   15 years Concord City Council
       3 time Mayor
       150 million budget
       500 employees
       7 Departments
           Mission Statement
   The mission of the Contra Costa District
    Attorney’s Office is to seek justice and
    enhance public safety for all our residents.

   We do this by fairly, ethically,
    aggressively, and efficiently prosecuting
    those who violate the law, and by working
    to prevent crime.
Seek Justice
Serve Justice
 Do Justice
         District Attorney’s Office
   87 attorneys (2 vacant)
   20 Investigators (1) and 5 CPA’s (1)
   7 victim/witness
   41 support staff (14 vacant) /admin staff

   163 authorized employees
   27.5 million dollar budget
       4.3% of county GF monies
                Office Priorities
   Always Prosecute Misdemeanors
       Wilson’s “Broken Window” theory

   Gang Prosecutions and Injunctions

   Electronic Monitoring

   Crime Prevention

   Restore confidence in Office
                Misdemeanors
   “Quality of life” crimes

   Vandalism, graffiti, drunk in public, petty theft,
    etc..

   Driving under the influence cases

   Domestic violence

   Misdemeanors filed 2009 – 11,000

   Felonies filed 2009 – 4,000
                  Gang Prosecution
   2006   – 42 murders in Richmond
   2007   – 47 murders in Richmond
   2008   – 27 murders in Richmond
   2009   - 47 murders in Richmond

   2010 – 21 murders in Richmond
   2010 – 32 murders in West County

   Last decade – avg. 34 murders/year in Richmond

   2011 – 24 murders in Richmond as of August 30

   Injunctions
   Cease-fires
           Electronic Monitoring
   Current Parolees
       Contra Costa County – 1,250
       Richmond - 368
       El Cerrito - 10
       San Pablo – 117
   Two parole offices – Richmond, Concord
   Expected releases: 33,000 statewide over two
    years

   Thousands of new convicted felons to be housed
    locally
   Parole to be handled by local probation
               Crime Prevention
   Gang Injunctions
   Electronic Monitoring
   At-risk youth
   Re-entry program
       Santa Clara DA office
   Truancy Program
       San Francisco DA office
   Contra Costa Truancy program begun
        Contra Costa DA Truancy Program
   Monthly meetings with school truancy officers
   Meeting with all school superintendents
   Program:
   Letters to parents of chronic truants
   Meetings prior to school year with chronic truants and
    parents
       Liberty HS/Pittsburg HS
   Letters sent during school year to truants and parents
   Assembly meetings with students to discuss truancy,
    bullying, cyber-bullying, sexting, drugs, any other
    issues school would like us to address
   Prosecution of cases in court against truant students
    and/or parents

   Day-time curfew ordinances
    Restoring Confidence in Office
   New District Attorney
   Senior Deputy District Attorneys
       Mark Eichman
       Karen Holder
       Hal Jewett
       Doug MacMaster
       Tom Kensok
   Chief of Inspectors Paul Mulligan
   Chief Administrative Officer Cherie Mathison
   Executive Assistant Bobbi Spinola
                2010 HIGHLIGHTS:
   117 Jury Trials
   Felony Trial Team – 63 jury trials
   Homicides – 17 jury trials
   Sexual Assault Team – 21 jury trials
   Gang Unit – 118 Trial Days
   Domestic Violence Team
       94% Felony Conviction Rate

   Overall Felony Conviction Rate: 92.9%
    • No. 1 in the Bay Area

    • No. 3 in the State (2009 stats)

    • No. 6 in the State in Felony Jury trials (2009 stats)
 HOMICIDES AND RATE/100K
                  Number   Number per 100K people


1.   Kern            75              9.0
2.   Alameda        139              8.8
3.   Contra Costa    89              8.3
4.   Los Angeles    699              6.7
5.   San Bernardino 121              5.9
6.   Riverside       91              4.3
          OTHER BAY AREA
                     Number   Number per 100K people


1.   Alameda         139         8.8
2.   Contra Costa     89         8.3
3.   San Francisco    45         5.3
4.   Solano           20         4.7
5.   Santa Clara      46         2.5
6.   San Mateo        16         2.1
7.   Sonoma            9         1.8
8.   Marin             4         1.5
9.   Napa              1         0.7
     OTHER LARGE COUNTIES
          1.        Number Number per 100K people

1.   Contra Costa     89          8.3
2.   Fresno           69          7.3
3.   Orange           69          2.2
4.   Sacramento       70          4.9
5.   San Diego        75          2.3
6.   Ventura          29          3.4
                    County Budget
   General Purposes Budget – 313 Million
     Sheriff-Coroner             62 M        19.9%

       Probation                   36.5M     11.7%

       Public Defender/Conflicts   20.2M      6.4%

       District Attorney           13.4M(27.5) 4.3%

       Superior Court              10.1M      3.3%

       Animal Services             3.2 M      1%
         District Attorney’s Office
   2010/2011 Budget -        27.5 M
       172                    9.8 M (35%)
       Other funding          4.3 M (16%)
       Net county cost       13.4 M (49%)


   2011/2012 Baseline Budget 30.5 M
       Approved budget            28.7 M
       Reduction to budget         1.8 M
2010-2011 Budget – 27.5 Million
          Previous Budgets

                 Budget   Prosecutors
   2005/2006    26 M       97



   2010/2011    27.5 M     87



   2011/2012    28.7 M     78
   Proposed 1.4 million cut to DA
              Budget:
 Lose 9 Prosecutors



 2005   – 97 Prosecutors

 2010   – 87 Prosecutors

 Proposed   – 78 Prosecutors
Specialized Prosecution Units
   Homicide Unit              6   prosecutors
   Sexual Assault Unit        6   prosecutors
   Domestic Violence Unit     4   prosecutors
   Narcotics Unit             4   prosecutors
   Juvenile Unit              7   prosecutors
   Gang Unit                  4   prosecutors
   White Collar Crime Unit    7   prosecutors
               Grant monies
   Lose 9 prosecutors ?
           Mission Statement
   The mission of the Contra Costa District
    Attorney’s Office is to seek justice and
    enhance public safety for all our residents.

   We do this by fairly, ethically,
    aggressively, and efficiently prosecuting
    those who violate the law, and by working
    to prevent crime.
DA Funds Per Resident
DDA / Population
            County Budget       (p.10)


   General Purposes Budget – 313 Million

   Health Department – 28.7%

   Sheriff – 19.9%

   Probation – 11.7%

   District Attorney – 4.3%
                 County Budget                 (p. B-2)
   Use of all County Funds:

   Health and Human Services - 65%
       Health - $1 Billion budget (2005 - $685 million)
       Health - $91 Million of county discretionary monies
       Hospital subsidy of $41 million
       Hospital subsidy of $600 million since built
       7,800 county employees – 3,000 -Health Dept (38%)

   General Government - 20 %

   Public Safety – 15 %
       2011 - Approved 82 additional cuts to DA, Probation, Sheriff
       Loss of 175 positions since 2005 (458 added to Health)
        California Constitution, Article
               XIII, Section 35:

   “The protection of the public safety is the first
    responsibility of local government.”

   “Local officials have an obligation to give priority
    to the provision of adequate public safety
    services.”
        California Constitution, Article
               XIII, Section 35:

   “The protection of the public safety is the first
    responsibility of local government.”

   “Local officials have an obligation to give priority
    to the provision of adequate public safety
    services.”
           Mission Statement
   The mission of the Contra Costa District
    Attorney’s Office is to seek justice and
    enhance public safety for all our residents.

   We do this by fairly, ethically,
    aggressively, and efficiently prosecuting
    those who violate the law, and by working
    to prevent crime.
                     Requests
   Appear before your city councils

   Support of anti-truancy program with
    day-time curfew ordinances

   Support of budget efforts
       Let your voice be heard


   Input/Suggestions
Questions?

				
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Description: Contra Costa District Attorney Mark Peterson delivers speech at the Mayors Conference, Sept. 1, 2011, in El Cerrito.