SYBIL BRAND COMMISSION FOR INSTITUTIONAL INSPECTIONS
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ABOUT THE SYBIL BRAND COMMISSION FOR INSTITUTIONAL INSPECTIONS
The Sybil Brand Commission for Institutional Inspections formerly called the Institutional Inspection Commission was founded in 1959 by Sybil Brand who saw the necessity to improve the overcrowded conditions of incarcerated juveniles, men, and in particular women. The name changed to Sybil Brand Commission for Institutional Inspections, was in honor of her 90th birthday and her 50th Year of dedicated service to the County of Los Angeles.
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The Sybil Brand Commission for institutional Inspections consists of ten Commissioners, who were appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (two from each Supervisorial District). The Los Angeles County Sheriff and Probation Officers serves as ex-officio members of the Commission.
The Sybil Brand Commissioners conducts inspections of jails, lockups, probation and correctional facilities in the Los Angeles County at least once each year. They may conduct additional inspections more often as the Commission may deem necessary or as directed by a judge of the Superior Court. These inspections involve a complete evaluation of the condition of each facility the members of the Commission or a committee of the Commission. These inspections involve a complete evaluation of the condition of each facility’s effective and economical administration, cleanliness, discipline and comfort of its inmate and Juveniles at Probation camps. Additionally, the Commission may call for and inspect the permit and registration of such jail and lockup, whether the institution is located within and without the corporate limits of any incorporated city. The commission also inspects group home facilities to ascertain it condition.
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The Sybil Brand Commission for Institutional Inspections is authorized by Chapter 2.82 of the Los Angeles County Code, Board Order No. 76 of November 30, 1982, Board Order No. 32 of October 26, 1993, Ordinance No. 93-0073, Board Order No. 11 of January 3, 1995, Board Order No. 10 of November 5, 1996. Board Order No. 9 of February 27,2001 and Board Order No. 66 of March 6, 2001, Ordinance No. 2001-0024 (extension of sunset review date) and consists of ten members; two from each of the Supervisory Districts with the Sheriff and the Chief Probation Officer serving as ex officio members.
The Sybil Brand Commission meets each Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in Room 372 of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, California 90012. The public is welcome to attend the Commission Meetings.
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Sybil Brand Commission for Institutional Inspections
Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street, Suite 372
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2713
THE SYBIL BRAND COMMISSION IS MADE UP OF THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS:
Eleanor R. Montaņo, Chair
Frank S. Bacio, Vice Chair
Donald S. Andrews
Cheryl Grills, Ph.D.
Anne S. Hill
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Eleanor R. Montaņo
Fourth Supervisorial District
Eleanor R. Montaņo was appointed to the Sybil Brand Commission for Institutional Inspections in 1993 by Supervisor Deane Dana, and subsequently reappointed by Supervisor Don Knabe.
After serving ten years as Vice-Chair, Ms. Montaņo was elected Chair of the Commission in 2004 following the passing of founder and long-time chair Sybil Brand. She continues in her active role as Chair today. Her extensive background in public and human relations and her experience in dealing with the problems of youth and gang violence, and violence against women, make her an invaluable asset to the Commission.
Ms. Montaņo has served on the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations since 1984, including a term as President. She has been a tireless volunteer throughout her life for various welfare organizations and law enforcement agencies. Ms. Montaņo serves on more than 29 community boards, commissions, advisory councils and committees. She has been a member of the California Youth Authority Advisory Council since 1975, and serves on the Los Angeles Police Department Board of Rights, the Los Angels Police Commission’s Hispanic Advisory council, and has served on the City of Los Angeles Harbor Area Planning Commission.
As Commissioner, Ms. Montaņo has worked tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of children placed in custodial residential settings, group homes, and detention camps. She also devotes her energy to gangs and the repercussions of gang violence. Ms. Montaņo serves with Women against Gun Violence, the ADHOC Committee on Gang and Juvenile Justice, and serves as President of Mothers and Men against Gangs. She has been a member of the Harbor area LAPD Crisis Response Team since 1992, helping to console victims of violent crimes, provide interpretive services, and direct them to community support services. In addition, Ms. Montaņo has served as a Crime Prevention Specialist for the LAPD since 1984.
Ms. Montaņo has been honored with over 300 awards for her community service. Some of her recent awards include: the YWCA Silver Achievement Award for Community Service, the Cesar Chavez Community Service Award, the Nordstrom Community Service Award, the Community Citizen of the Year Award, and the Tom Coulter Memorial Award (Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington). She has also been honored with the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, the United States Department of Justice Public Service Award, and in 2005 she received the Police Department Service Medal, the highest honor a civilian can receive by the Los Angeles Police Commission. In 2007 Commissioner Montaņo received the Bishop Blake Impact Award, voted by the “Military-Fire Department-Law Enforcement Committee” of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ.
Ms. Montaņo is an accomplished cake decorator, and also enjoys dancing, and making and collecting porcelain dolls.
Frank S. Bacio
First Supervisorial District
Frank S. Bacio was appointed to the Sybil Brand Commission for Institutional Inspections by Supervisor Gloria Molina in 1998.
Mr. Bacio provided correctional education for the Los Angeles County jails for twenty-three years. He currently serves as an adult school counselor and advisor for the Los Angeles Unified School District. He also worked in customer service for the Southern California Gas Company for twenty years.
Mr. Bacio is an avid sports enthusiast and enjoys playing golf, attending sporting events with his family and friends, and “getting away to the desert and relaxing”.
Mr. Bacio is a native of Los Angeles and attended local schools. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from California State University, Los Angeles. Mr. Bacio and his wife are the proud parents of four grown children.
Donald S. Andrews
Fourth Supervisorial District
Commissioner Donald S. Andrews was appointed to the Commission by Supervisor Don Knabe on May 29, 2012.
Mr. Andrews was born in Los Angeles, California. He attended Los Angeles High School and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education with Specialization in Marketing and Real Estate. While attending UCLA, Commissioner Andrews was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.
After graduation from UCLA, Commissioner Andrews joined the California Air National Guard. Upon completion of training, he entered into Agribusiness in 1959 as a Managing Partner/Owner of a fully integrated agricultural growing, packaging, processing and Marketing Company.
Over the years, Commissioner Andrews has been appointed and served on several Commissions/Committees including the following: Vice Chair Marketing Committee, California Iceberg Lettuce Commission; Board Alternate, California Iceberg Lettuce Advisory; Board member, California Melon Research; Member, Western Growers Association; Member, Agricultural Personnel Management Association; Co-Chair, California Department of Food and Agriculture Standardization Committee; President, Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association; Regional Employer Representative-Negotiator Master Collective Bargaining Agreements with Teamster, AFL-CIO, and United Farm Works Unions.
Commissioner Andrews was appointed and served two terms under two Governors (one term each) as the President of the 15th District Agricultural Association.
Commissioner Andrews also has a background in commercial banking since 1991 and has served as a Director of San Joaquin Bank, where he served on audit, compensation, loan, asset/liability management and investment committees.
Commissioner Andrews enjoys spending time with his family. His non-business interests are sports and aviation.
Commissioner Barbara Bigby was appointed to the Commission by Supervisor Michael Antonovich on June 17, 2008.
Ms. Bigby is a native of Minden, Louisiana. As an infant, her family moved to California where she attended school in the Pasadena Unified School District. Ms. Bigby attended Pasadena City College, majoring in Early Childhood Development.
Ms. Bigby is married to Richard H. Bigby Jr. and has three wonderful children, Alicia, Tiffany, and Richard H. Bigby III. Ms. Bigby has four grandchildren.
Ms. Bigby was the owner and Director of the Bright Eyed Day Care Center for over thirty years. Ms. Bigby also worked diligently for twenty years, as a youth counselor for her church, so it is no surprise that she is a strong advocate for children.
Serving in many other leadership roles throughout the community, Ms. Bigby has always tried to make a “positive difference” in her personal and professional life, and in the lives of those she touches.
Ms. Bigby is an active member of the Altadena Branch NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), where she successfully chaired their annual fund raiser for the past four years, putting the Branch on a sound financial footing. She has served as 1st Vice President of the Altadena Branch, and was elected President on November 28th for the 2007-2008 Term. Her Passion for youth inspired the selection of her Education Platform that focuses on “Education Advocacy and Excellence.” The crisis in education throughout the County has promoted only positive and supportive responses from the community. Ms. Bigby feels “Education” is the civil rights issue of the 21st Century, but she is hopeful that working together will “Make the Difference in Our Community.”
Ms. Bigby has also served on the following fund raising committees:
• Pasadena/Altadena Y.W.C.A.
• The DeVeal Family Services Foundation in Pasadena
She also served on the following advisory committees:
• African American Advisory Committee at Pasadena City College, founded by California State Senator, Jack Scott
• Altadena Community Center Advisory Board (ACCAB)
• Appointed as Commissioner to Sybil Brand Commission for Institutional Inspections by Supervisor Michael Antonovich
Ms. Bigby combines her passion, dedication, honesty, integrity, and knowledge when approaching diverse community issues.
Second Supervisorial District
Commissioner Susan Burton was appointed to the Commission by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on May 29, 2012.
Ms. Burton is the founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Project, a grassroots, nonprofit organization founded in 1998, to help women and girls break the cycle of entrapment in the criminal justice system and lead healthy and satisfying lives.
Commissioner Burton was formerly incarcerated; trapped in the criminal justice system for nearly two decades before finding freedom and sobriety in 1997. She has since made it her life’s mission to help other women adversely affected by the problems of incarceration and addiction by providing them with safety, support, and a second chance. For her efforts, she was named a CNN Top Ten Hero for 2010. Commissioner Burton was also awarded the prestigious Citizen Activist Award from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
In July 2012 Commissioner Burton was appointed by 2nd District Supervisor, Mark Ridley Thomas, to be a member of the Los Angeles County Sybil Brand Commission for Institutional Inspections, in recognition of her insight and leadership.
Cheryl Tawede Grills, Ph.D.
Second Supervisorial District
Commissioner Cheryl Grills, Ph.D. was appointed to the Commission by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on November 29, 2011.
Dr. Grills is a clinical psychologist by training with a current emphasis in Community Psychology. She is Professor of Psychology at Loyola Marymount University and Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts.
Dr. Grills is the national President of The Association of Black Psychologists and founder and director of Imoyase Community Support Services, a non-profit program evaluation and consulting organization serving community-based organizations and foundations around the country. Among the honors and awards she has received is her election in 2004 to the title of "Distinguished Psychologist" by the Association of Black Psychologists (the association's highest honor).
Dr. Grills is a graduate of Yale University and UCLA. Her research interests, publications and current projects include African-centered models of treatment engagement with African Americans; substance abuse prevention and treatment, community psychology; community mental health, prevention, and the provision of action research and program evaluation services to community based organizations engaged in social action, community change and prevention on a host of issues including the those related to public policy and environmental change strategies to address childhood obesity in communities of color, education reform, health care, slum housing, homelessness, the prison industrial complex, reentry reduction of recidivism from incarceration for African American women, culturally based approaches to mentoring, and issues related to disproportionality in child welfare and juvenile justice.
Dr. Grills consults nationally on a number of issues particularly regarding matters of cultural and social competence, multiculturalism and Africentric interventions. She has also studied under traditional medical practitioners in Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal and is a registered member of the Ghana National Association of Traditional Healers.
Fifth Supervisorial District
Commissioner Anne Hill was appointed to the Commission by Supervisor Michael Antonovich on June 2, 2009.
Ms. Hill has served on many boards such as the YMCA, and the Braille Institute. After caring for her children, she was employed as Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Bill Lancaster followed by Chief Operating Officer for Rose Hills Memorial Park.
Retired, Ms. Hill has been married for 48 years, has two children and a granddaughter who is in law school.
Sybil Brand, philanthropist and civic leader, was the recipient of over 2,000 awards, commendations, and resolutions in recognition of her generosity and lifetime commitment on behalf of the people of Los Angeles County.
In 1948, Sybil Brand accepted an appointment to the Public Welfare Commission. Later, when no one on the Commission wanted to serve on the Jail Committee, Sybil Brand volunteered.
While serving in this capacity, Sybil Brand saw the necessity to improve the overcrowded conditions of incarcerated juveniles, men, and in particular women. Sybil visited the women inmates who were housed on the 13th floor of the men’s jail in the old Hall of Justice and was appalled that more than 1,800 women were crammed into facilities designed for 1,200. It was then that Sybil began to look for space in new buildings or to convert usable space in existing buildings as potential sites for housing women inmates. When a suitable facility could not be found, Sybil campaigned and was instrumental in the passage of a bond measure which provided funds not only for a women’s facility, but also for a new men’s jail and several honor camps. In 1963, the Sybil Brand Institute for Women was opened and renamed in her honor at the dedication ceremony for the facility.
The title of the Commission was officially changed when Sybil was honored by the Board of Supervisors on her 90th birthday and 50th year working for the people of the County. Sybil served as Chairman of the Commission until her recent death on February 17th, 2004. She was believed to be 104.
Charitable programs very dear to Mrs. Brand’s heart include “Babies With AIDS”, the “Teddy Bear Program” for children who have to face the ordeal of going to dependency court hearings, and the Jeffrey Foundation.
In 1994, the Sybil Brand Institute for Women was severely damaged during the Northridge Earthquake. Since that time, women inmates are being housed in Twin Tower Two of the new Twin Towers Facility in Downtown Los Angeles until the plan to reopen the Sybil Brand Institute for Women is realized.