Cathleen Beltz is an attorney with more than 20 years of experience in the field of jail and prison research, reform and oversight. She was appointed Assistant Inspector General with the Los Angeles County Office of Inspector General by the LA County Board of Supervisors in May 2014. Ms. Beltz is responsible for managing the Office of Inspector General’s oversight of the LA County jail system, including eight facilities with more than 5,000 personnel and 16,000 incarcerated people.
Previously, Ms. Beltz served as Deputy Special Master monitoring the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation-Division of Juvenile Justice for compliance with the Farrell v. Beard consent decree covering medical and mental health care, education, sexual behavior treatment, safety and welfare and general conditions of confinement in California’s youth prisons. She conducted an audit and policy analysis for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department on its use of strip searches and safety cells, which resulted in substantial reforms and has taught university courses in quantitative and qualitative research methods using surveys of personnel at Missouri prisons. This is her second term on the NACOLE Board of Directors.