Meet the Commissioners

Commissioner Franky Carrillo is a dedicated father and advocate who speaks up for those who have been silenced by the criminal justice system like he once was. Mr. Carrillo in 1991, at the age of 16 was wrongfully convicted of a crime he did not commit. Despite his wrongful conviction, Mr. Carrillo always believed that justice would prevail, and it did. In 2011, he was exonerated and released from prison. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2016 from Loyola Marymount University and won a settlement after suing the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department for his wrongful conviction.

Mr. Carrillo found his voice and civic engagement early on when he joined state and national campaigns for extensive reforms within the criminal justice system. Mr. Carrillo is an elected member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party and chair of the 51st Assembly District. He’s co-chair of the judicial interview committee and sits on the policy committee. He’s also a member of the transition team for the new Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón.

Mr. Carrillo was appointed by the First Supervisorial District to serve as a Commissioner for the newly formed Probation Oversight Commission.


Commissioner Esche Jackson leverages her firsthand and intergenerational justice system experiences to center reform advocacy on rehabilitation, inclusivity, and equity. To positively impact the policies, practices, and procedures of juvenile and adult systems, she promotes just in-system conditions, healthy outcomes for individuals/families, cultural and structural improvements, and a thorough reimagining of justice. A two-time USC graduate (BA and MPA), she envisions a Department driven by sound policies, perceptive approaches, and collaborative oversight.

Cyn Yamashiro has dedicated his professional career to improving the quality of indigent defense services. He studied economics at UCLA before attending Law School at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He finished his career as a public defender as a long cause trial deputy and served as a trainer and supervised the juvenile office in Compton, CA.

Cyn was recruited to Loyola Law School to create one of the first legal clinics on the West Coast dedicated to criminal defense. At Loyola Law School, he taught courses in advanced criminal litigation skills, trial advocacy, criminal law and juvenile delinquency law. He has commented on cases and trends in criminal and juvenile law for television, radio and print media and frequently lectures on criminal and juvenile delinquency law. He has published in the area of indigent defense delivery systems and how different systems affect dispositional outcomes.

Cyn Yamashiro was L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas’ appointee to the Los Angeles County Probation Commission, where he served as president for two years. He is currently L.A. County Supervisor Holly Mitchell’s appointee to the Probation Oversight Commission. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Loyola Law School Center for Juvenile Law and Policy and was a founding member of the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center. Prior to his appointment as the directing attorney of the Los Angeles Independent Juvenile Defender Program, he was in private practice, representing clients in trial and appellate matters in state and federal court


Commissioner Don Meredith is an experienced educator and public safety executive. He has an extensive career in public service. Don is a credentialed college professor, instructing courses in the Administration of Justice, Corrections, Emergency Management, and Homeland Security. He is a graduate of the USC School of Engineering Aviation Safety Management Institute and the USC School of Public Administration Delinquency Control Institute. He has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University and a graduate of the FBI National Academy for Law Enforcement Executives.

Don was nominated for the Probation Oversight Commission by Supervisor Kathryn Barger and approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. His nomination came as he concluded his service on the Probation Commission where he had served 19 years after being nominated by then Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and appointed to the Probation Commission in May 2000 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. During his tenure on the Probation Commission, he served as part of the Commission’s Executive Team as Vice President, President, and Sergeant at Arms. Highlights of his service include working with former Chief Probation Officer Jerry Powers to obtain a location and establish the Probation Training Center to provide for recruit, in-service training, supervisor, and management development courses. He also was responsible for having permanent memorials established to recognize the loss of Probation Forestry Crew 4-4 who perished in the Canyon Fire near Azusa in 1968 and Forestry Crew 5-1 along with LA County Fire Captain Glenn Rocky who perished in the Hacienda Fire in 1955 near La Habra Heights.

As Commissioner, Don was one of the five members appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve on the Probation Oversight Workgroup which was the predecessor to the Probation Reform and Implementation Team. he Probation Oversight Workgroup met with numerous community leaders, justice involved individuals, and held town hall meetings across the county to gather perspective from various stakeholders. All of this proved foundational for the role of the Probation Oversight Commission.

During his service as a Probation Commissioner, Don worked with several formerly incarcerated individuals, as well as faith-based and community-based organizations to develop strategies to reduce recidivism.

Don’s career in public service began in 1972 when he became a Cadet with the Glendale Police Department and promoted through the ranks to Lieutenant. He has received numerous commendations, awards, and medals for community service, distinguished service, and heroism during his law enforcement tenure. His background in law enforcement is extensive and varied but always maintained a focus on partnering with the community, organizations, and schools.

The State of California Department of Justice and Department of Education recognized Don’s skill in dealing with at-risk youth, gangs, drug issues, other youth related issues and appointed him to the DOJ/CDE CADRE. As a member of this team, Don worked with communities, school districts, and law enforcement throughout California on gang, drug, safe community, and safe school issues. Subsequently, the California Department of Education asked Don to serve as a grant reviewer for School Safety Grants with a focus on community partnership.

In addition to his public and community service, Don serves as Command Sergeant Major for the California State Guard’s Emergency Response Command. Under the direction of the California National Guard Adjutant General and California Military Department, the focus of this unit is to provide trained TYPE II Wildland Fire-Fighters, EMTS, Emergency Management and Security Forces to assist civilian authorities in disasters and large-scale emergencies such as wildfires, earthquakes, floods, civil disorder, or terrorism.

Though Don has a background in law enforcement, he is familiar with the justice impacted individuals. As a youth he had his encounters with the system and because of the intervention of law enforcement officers, his path in life was redirected. He also has relatives that have served time in prison and understands the hardship on families. He understands the challenges of the Department as it addresses the needs of the adult and juvenile offenders under the Department’s supervision, and the vision needed to provide alternatives and services as it addresses the needs of the community, public safety, and those it serves though rehabilitation, education, and enforcement to create positive change in behavior.


Sean Garcia-Leys is a civil rights attorney and public safety advocate who works to end counterproductive gang suppression strategies and supports policies and practices that help gang-involved individuals transition away from crime and violence. To that end, he has successfully fought gang injunctions in LA, Orange, and Ventura counties; has been instrumental in reducing the overbroad targeting of people in law enforcement gang databases; has testified as a gang expert; and he is a frequent source for the news media regarding gang policing.
He is the recipient of the 2017 Chicano Hero award from Chicanxs Unidxs and the 2018 Equal Justice award from the ACLU of Southern California. Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Garcia-Leys worked as a high school teacher in Watts and East LA, and as a labor organizer. Sean Garcia-Leys is currently Co-Director of the Peace and Justice Law Center and Co-Director of the Decriminalizing Neighborhoods Network.


Dolores Canales was elected Secretary of the Probation Oversight Commission. Commissioner Canales is the Community Outreach Director for The Bail Project. Previously a Soros Justice Fellow, Dolores is the co-founder of California Families Against Solitary Confinement and worked as a youth coordinator for the Orangewood Children’s Foundation. She is the founder of Family UNIty Network and serves as the Director for the National Network of Solitary Survivors and Families project and advocates to end the use of solitary confinement.

Commissioner Canales brings a wealth of leadership experience in organizing with those personally affected by incarceration, drawing from her own experiences as well as having a family member who is incarcerated. Commissioner Canales was appointed by Supervisor Janice Hahn.


Sam Lewis is the Executive Director of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC). Previously, Sam served as the Director of Inside Programs. A former life prisoner himself, Sam understands the various obstacles, challenges, and difficulties the prison and reentry populations face. In 2017, Sam created the Hope and Redemption Team (HART), a first-of-its kind initiative he built from scratch. The Hope and Redemption Team (HART) is a group of nine former California life prisoners who go back into California state prisons to provide hope, demonstrate that redemption is achievable, and to prepare participants for successful reentry into our communities. His work directing the Hope and Redemption Team exemplifies what’s best about the ARC: Their desire to reach and walk with those who have been most marginalized by society.

Most Saturday nights, Sam leads the Hope and Redemption mentors who support youth currently housed at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall. These youth are facing potentially long prison sentences. The unique mentors are trained in Transformative Mentoring and use a peer-to-peer Credible Messenger model to encourage incarcerated youth to believe in themselves and pursue their education while incarcerated.

Sam previously worked with Friends Outside Los Angeles County (FOLA) as a Job Specialist, Case Manager, Employment Programs Supervisor, and Project Director, roles that reinforced his commitment to creating opportunities for formerly incarcerated men and women as they transition back into society. In 2018, Sam was the recipient of a Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Award and an Uncommon Law Uncommon Heroes Award.

Sam began transforming himself while in prison through various rehabilitative programs including the Alternatives to Violence (AVP) program, Victims Offender’s Education Group (VOEG), and higher education. Sam earned a Certification as an AVP Team Coordinator/Facilitator where he assisted in creating three Inmate Activity Groups with an intensive focus on rehabilitation and release.

He went on to receive an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies that allowed him to assist others with Habeas Corpus Writs and Administrative Appeals. Despite the many obstacles of incarceration and being denied parole eight times, Sam never gave up. He also earned a specialized Associate Degree in Business Management.

Since being granted parole in 2012, Sam completed his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Indiana Institute of Technology graduating Magna Cum Laude. He completed most of this degree while incarcerated. Sam has served on the State Steering Committee for AVP for two years. Sam also served on the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) Executive Steering Committee for California Violence, Intervention, and Prevention (CVIP). Sam currently serves on the Los Angeles Mayor’s Blue-Ribbon Commission on Employment Equity. His passion as an advocate pushes him to continuously seek improvement for himself as he strongly encourages others to live non-violent lives.


Danielle is the Executive Director of the Million Dollar Hoods project and Director of Research and Programs at the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. Her educational background is primarily in public health with a Masters in Epidemiology, a Ph.D. in Community Health Sciences and a doctoral minor in Law. She began her career in Chicago as an evaluator of a maternal and child health program serving formerly incarcerated and directly impacted women and children. During her time in Chicago she also directed and consulted on projects related to quality of care for breast cancer patients, urban agriculture and community violence. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2013, Danielle has spent a significant amount of time working with youth incarcerated in L.A. County detention facilities. She served as a volunteer educator and mentor for young people charged as adults between 2015 and 2019. As a way to improve the educational options offered to detained young people, Danielle worked with LA County Probation staff to develop and implement educational programs inside youth detention facilities and helped launch UCLA’s Prison Education Program.

Danielle has served as a character and expert witness on behalf of youth during transfer hearings and has contributed to local research on the human and fiscal costs of policing and incarceration and the intersection between gang and domestic violence. Her own research has focused on the impact of incarceration on youth violence in LA County. Danielle is currently a member of the California Association for Criminal Justice Research, a member of the JusticeLA executive team and was a consultant on the County's Youth Justice Work Group that was tasked with reimagining youth justice in LA.


Dominique D. Nong is the Special Projects Manager for Youth Justice at the Young Women's Freedom Center. Before joining YWFC, she was the director of youth justice policy at Children’s Defense Fund-California. Previously, Dominique worked as an assistant public defender in the Baltimore City Juvenile Court Division of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. As a clinical fellow in Northwestern Law School’s Bluhm Legal Clinic, she created the Pretrial Representation and Corrections Policy Project—a course dedicated to reducing Illinois’ over-reliance on incarceration.
Prior to Northwestern, Dominique was a staff attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center where she engaged in litigation, legislative, community mobilization, government collaboration, and public education strategies to end the transfer of youth to the adult criminal justice system, challenge the role and actions of police officers in schools, and improve conditions of confinement in juvenile facilities. Dominique is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Harvard College.