Robert Smith

Robert Smith

Currently serving as Chief of Private Prison Oversight, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Office at the Irvine Parole Complex in Irvine, CA. Cell number (916)508-1727.

Since 2006, I have functioned as Mental Health Project Manager and Chief of Private Prison Oversight. The state of CA has the largest contingent of inmates housed out of state of any U.S. state, and in 2011, had the largest incarcerated population among U.S. states. Currently monitor and direct delivery of healthcare services at four correctional sites, housing 9,400 inmates in AZ, MS, and OK. Have toured correctional sites in eight U.S. states. I address medical appeals, inspect for cell safety, write policy, review mental health staff workload, provide training, and provide tools for compliance with federal standards for access to mental health care, suicide prevention, crisis intervention, prison rape prevention and reporting, due process in involuntary treatment, and many related issues.

In January 2010, I became a member of the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL). At that time, I submitted a review of an earthquake- damaged correctional facility in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, which can be viewed on line at:

Case Studies

Overview Plan for Restoration of the Prison Civile de Port-au-Prince Haitian Prison Authority 1/27/2010* (Updated information 6/28/2012)

The purpose in January 2010 was to describe post-earthquake conditions at the Prison Civile de Port-au-Prince (PC), which was housing 4,367 prisoners at the time of a severe earthquake.  Prisoners rioted and breached the secure perimeter, escaping into the city at a time of crisis and disorder.  The facilities at the prison were so damaged that inmates could not be housed there until reconstruction occurred.  The central housing unit has been restored, and now houses 700 Haitian prisoners.  Humanitarian conditions are improved since the earthquake, but there are concerns for the sustainability of the changes.

Case Study

Policy and Research Papers

From Bush to Butchery: Cattle Rustling as an Entrepreneurial Process in Kenya

This paper provides a conceptual approach using key literature and documentary evidence to show how, in the northern part of Kenya, cattle rustling is common occurrence with criminals taking advantage of remote rural environments with minimal surveillance and consequently less opportunity of being stopped and searched by police. The purpose of this paper is to provide an analysis of the changing practices of cattle rustling in Kenya from a relatively small isolated and opportunistic activity to a much more planned and systematic entrepreneurial business involving collusion and corruption.

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