Richard Jerome (deputy monitor) is a lawyer who has spent most of his career working on criminal justice issues with law enforcement agencies and private foundations. Most recently, he was project manager of the public safety performance project of the Pew Charitable Trusts. This project helps states advance fiscally sound sentencing and corrections policies that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable and control corrections costs.
Prior to joining Pew, Richard served for six years (2002-2008) as Deputy Monitor and court-appointed Special Master for two police reform settlements in Cincinnati, Ohio. Other projects included reviews of the Denver Police Department’s and Portland, Oregon, Police Bureau’s officer-involved shootings (both with the Police Assessment Resource Center); reviews of police oversight systems in Farmington, NM, Milwaukee, WI, and Albuquerque, NM (also with PARC); and assistance to the District of Columbia Council on police department responsibilities and standards for handling First Amendment demonstrations and other assemblies. Richard also served as a consulting expert for the City of Oakland and the Detroit Police Departments.
From 1997 to 2001, he was Deputy Associate Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice, overseeing the work of the Civil Rights Division and the Community Relations Service, as well as coordinating the Justice Department’s efforts to promote police integrity, including the Department’s publication of “Principles for Promoting Police Integrity.” Richard has been a senior trial lawyer in the Civil Rights Division and has worked on Capitol Hill and in private practice.