Public Safety and Justice Agency Advisory Committee (PSJAAC)

PSJAAC Charter ​

Sacramento County's Public Safety and Justice Agency is committed to race and health equity and to engaging with the residents of Sacramento County to best serve this community. The Public Safety and Justice Agency Advisory Committee (Committee) is a critical component of this engagement. The committee directly advises the County's Public Safety and Justice Agency, which oversees the County's Probation department and the offices of the Public Defender, the Coroner and the Conflict Criminal Defender, on critical justice matters. 

The committee structure allows for community collaboration opportunities and provides a community voice in the dialogue on decreasing the jail population and other justice issues, recognizing the importance of including voices of individuals with lived experiences and those most closely impacted by incarceration. The committee provides an ongoing forum to engage with residents on critical matters that will include consideration of racial and health equity in discussion of efforts and means to improve outcomes for those impacted by Sacramento County's justice system.

Key elements of the Public Safety and Justice Advisory Committee structure include:

  • Deputy County Executive acts as Committee Chair
  • Meetings held at least quarterly and more often as needed
  • Open, honest and respectful dialogue are paramount for shared public safety discussion grounded with common definitions
  • All meetings include an agenda to guide the conversations
  • ​Committee members may propose agenda items to the Committee Chair
  • Committee meetings are closed to non-members from the public
  • County staff maintains meeting records
  • Members come from a cross section of representation
  • Committee members serve a term of two years
  • Committee Chair may fill vacancies on the committee and may remove a member from the committee at any time without cause

The Public Safety and Justice Agency Advisory Committee includes 15 member positions that directly engage with county leaders on critical justice matters. Members are all residents of Sacramento County with experience and/or expertise in one or more of the areas listed below.

  • Behavioral Health Services
  • Medical and Public Health Providers
  • Civil Rights Organizations
  • Public/Private Education
  • Youth Mentors
  • Formerly Incarcerated Individuals
  • Crime Survivors
  • Recidivism Reduction Organizations
  • Clergy
  • Business Owners
  • ​​Neighborhood Associations
  • Philanthropic Organizations​

Contact Information:  

Catherine York
Management Analyst II
Criminal Justice Planning & Coordination
County of Sacramento
(916) 874-4226