The Criminal Justice Conversations Podcast with David Onek
Cate Interview Highlights
Cate on the California Juvenile Justice System:
"It is a good thing that we are reducing the population of wards at the state level. The truth is that best correctional science says we need to keep those wards as close to their families and communities as we can, and reserve state wardship only for those youth who are really the most troubled."
Cate on Partnering with Academics:
"[Partnering with academics] has been just absolutely vital. Otherwise you are just making policy decisions based on either politics or based on your gut sense of what works and I think that is how California got in this spot.... The simple fact is that our population has mushroomed and in large part that is because we have lacked research as to who we should be afraid of versus who we really are just mad at."
Cate on Advice to the Next Governor:
"Do not micro-manage the Department from the Governor's office... You really have to stick to your guns and let correctional professionals run the Department of Corrections."
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