By Ashleigh Fryer, CSG Justice Center
On May 25, The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center welcomed Mack Jenkins (right) to its Justice Reinvestment team as a senior policy advisor.
In his new role, Mr. Jenkins will leverage his nearly 40 years of criminal justice experience to assist supervision agencies in states across the country in adopting best practices to reduce recidivism and increase public safety.
Mr. Jenkins’s role at the CSG Justice Center comes on the heels of his retirement from the San Diego County (California) Probation Department, where he worked since 2007 managing the supervision of approximately 12,000 adults and 2,000 juveniles involved with the criminal justice system. During his tenure there, Mr. Jenkins also served on the CSG Justice Center’s Board of Directors, where he was involved in projects related to school discipline, behavioral health, and justice reinvestment.
Prior to his position in San Diego, Mr. Jenkins worked for 30 years in the Orange County (California) Probation Department, where he rose to the level of division director. While in Orange County, he helped design the jurisdiction’s first drug court and subsequently helped develop additional drug, DUI, and mental health courts.
Mr. Jenkins is a nationally recognized expert in the implementation of evidence-based practices in community corrections. While chief in San Diego, he chaired both the San Diego County Community Corrections Partnership and the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council. He serves on the board of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, and is a member of the California Judicial Council’s Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee. He also serves on the National DWI Court Task Force. Mr. Jenkins was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the California Council on Mentally Ill Offenders, and was also appointed to the California Prison Industry Board.