The BSCC Board
The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) works in partnership with local corrections systems and assists efforts to achieve continued improvement in reducing recidivism through evidence- based decision making. Composition of the Board (Pursuant to Penal Code 6025)
Meet the Board Members
Linda Penner, Chair of the Board of State and Community Corrections
Composition: The Chair of the Board is a full-time paid position, appointed by the Governor and subject to Senate confirmation.*
Linda Penner has served as a member of the Board of State and Community Corrections since 2012 and its predecessor, the Corrections Standards Authority Board, from 2007 until 2012. Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown appointed her chair of the BSCC in 2013.
Jeffrey Macomber, Secretary, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
Composition: Ex-Officio Member
Jeff Macomber’s career at CDCR has spanned nearly three decades, beginning as a Correctional Officer at Ironwood State Prison in 1993. He has diverse experience at CDCR, including leadership roles in custody, administration, and health care.
Secretary Macomber served in various roles at CDCR Headquarters from 1994 to 2004, then as Correctional Business Manager at Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center from 2000 to 2004. He was Chief of the Program Support Unit and Transportation Unit from 2004 to 2007, and then started at California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC) as a Correctional Administrator in 2008. While at SAC, Macomber served as Chief Deputy Warden in 2009, then again from 2010–2013, and as Warden from 2013–2016. Following his tenure at SAC, he became Deputy Director of Facility Support in the Division of Adult Institutions from 2016 to 2018. In 2019, Mr. Macomber served as the Director of Corrections Services for California Correctional Health Care Services before becoming the Undersecretary of Administration. In late 2020, he transitioned to Undersecretary of Operations and in December 2022, was appointed Secretary.
Jason Johnson, Director, Division of Adult Parole Operations (CDCR)
Composition: Ex-Officio Member
Jason Johnson, of Redlands, was appointed as the Director of the Division of Adult Parole Operations at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by Governor Gavin Newsom in September 2023. Prior to that Director Johnson has been the Chief Deputy Regional Administrator since 2023 and held several positions from 2006 to 2023, including Parole Administrator, Parole Agent Supervisor and Parole Agent. Johnson was a Probation Officer at the San Bernardino County Probation Department from 2001 to 2006. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association, Orange County Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs Association, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Career Development Advisory Committee. Johnson earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Redlands and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton.
Dean Growdon, Sheriff of Lassen County
Composition: A county sheriff in charge of a local detention facility which has a BSCC rated capacity of 200 or less inmates, appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate confirmation.*
Dean Growdon is a 24-year veteran of the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, and a life-long resident of California. He was born in Redding and raised in the small mountain town of Westwood in Lassen County. He began his law enforcement career with Lassen County in 1994 and held a wide range of assignments in both Custody and Operations Divisions before he was elected Lassen County Sheriff-Coroner in 2010. When away from work, Sheriff Growdon coaches high school basketball, participates in a number of service organizations, and spends time recreating in the outdoors with his family. Sheriff Growdon is an officer with the California State Sheriff’s Association, and he holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Management from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Shannon D. Dicus, Sheriff, San Bernardino County
Composition: A county sheriff in charge of a local detention facility which has a BSCC rated capacity of over 200 inmates, appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate confirmation.*
Shannon D. Dicus was appointed as the 36th Sheriff-Coroner for San Bernardino County on July 14, 2021. San Bernardino County has over 2 million residents and is the nation’s largest county geographically spanning more than 20,056 miles. The Department oversees the unincorporated county areas, operates the county jail systems, provides marshal services in the county courts and contracts law enforcement services to 14 of the 24 incorporated cities within the county. The Department consists of 2007 sworn personnel, 2073 professional employees and 1552 volunteers, with an annual budget of over $800 million dollars.
Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County Supervisor
Composition: A county supervisor or county administrative officer. This member shall be appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate confirmation.*
Recently appointed by the Governor to the BSCC, Supervisor Cindy Chavez represents more than a half million people in East, Central and South San Jose. She serves as Chair of Bay Area Air Quality Management District and is a member of the CalTrain Board of Directors. As a commissioner she represents Santa Clara County on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and she serves on the Valley Transportation Authority Board of Directors.
Kirk Haynes, Chief Probation Officer of Fresno County
Composition: A chief probation officer from a county with a population over 200,000, appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate confirmation.*
Chief Kirk Haynes, a 27-year veteran of the Fresno County Probation Department, is a graduate of the University of Oregon, and United States Marine Corps Reserve veteran. During his Probation career, Chief Haynes worked multiple assignments in the Adult, Juvenile, and Institutional Divisions. He led the department’s efforts in the design and implementation of the Community Corrections Performance Incentive Act of 2009 (SB 678), and the department’s AB 109 program established by the California Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011.
Brian Richart, Chief Probation Officer, El Dorado County
Composition: A chief probation officer from a county with a population under 200,000, appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate confirmation.*
Janet Gaard, Retired Judge, Yolo County
Composition: A judge appointed by the Judicial Council of California.*
Janet Gaard was appointed to the Yolo County Superior Court in 2008. She presided over criminal, juvenile, civil, and family law cases, and she served as the court's Presiding Judge and Assistant Presiding Judge. For many years, she presided over the court's collaborative courts, and, in 2019, she was awarded the Yolo Outstanding Mental Health Community Service Award from the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Gaard began her legal career in 1983 as a staff attorney for the Third District Court of Appeal. In 1984 she joined the California Office of the Attorney General, where she remained until her judicial appointment. She served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Division; Special Assistant Attorney General and Director of Legislative Affairs; and Chief Assistant Attorney General for the Division of Public Rights.
Andrew Mills, Chief of Police, City of Palm Springs
Composition: A chief of police, appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate confirmation.*
Andrew Mills was appointed the Chief of Police for the City of Palm Springs in November 2021. Prior to that he was Chief of Police for the City of Santa Cruz, With nearly four decades of law enforcement experience, he has strived to become a community-centric and effective crime fighter. He compassionately confronts some of society’s most challenging problems openly and transparently.
Scott Budnick, Founder of Anti-Recidivism Coalition
Composition: A community provider of rehabilitative treatment or services for adult offenders, appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.*
Scott Budnick is the founder of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), an organization of very high-achieving formerly incarcerated young adults who work to support one another, while stopping the flow of men and woman into the criminal justice system.
Angeles D. Zaragoza, Attorney, Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s Office
Composition: A community provider or advocate with expertise in effective programs, policies, and treatment of at-promise youth and juvenile offenders, appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules.*
Angeles has been with the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s Office for nine years and is currently wearing two hats, serving as a Resource Attorney doing special education advocacy, and as the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Attorney for her office where she represents youth detained within the DJJ facilities. Angeles is a graduate from UCLA Law school and received her B.A. from UC Berkeley. She is a resident of East Los Angeles where she resides with her husband and two boys, ages 5 and 3.
Norma Cumpian, Director, Women's Department, Anti-Recidivism Coalition
Composition: A public member, appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate confirmation.*
Norma Cumpian, the Anti-Recidivism Coalition’s (ARC) Women and Non-Binary Services Manager, joined ARC in March 2016 as a Life Coach after nearly five years working in the criminal justice reform and nonprofit sector. As a formerly incarcerated woman, Norma has firsthand experience in the many challenges of reentry, making her a compassionate and effective guide for young people learning to navigate society after coming home from prison.
Additional Helpful Links
- California Chief Probation Officers
- California Judicial Branch
- California Police Chief's Association
- California Probation, Parole and Correctional Association
- California State Association of Counties
- California State Sheriff’s Association
- Stanford Criminal Justice Center
- State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
- The Partnership for Community Excellence Realignment Page