Cathleen Beltz is an attorney with more than 15 years of experience in the field of jail and prison research and reform. She was appointed Assistant Inspector General with the Los Angeles County Office of Inspector General by the Board of Supervisors in May 2014. Ms. Beltz is responsible for managing the office's oversight of the LA County jail system, including its eight facilities that employ more than 4000 Los Angeles County Sheriff's personnel who are responsible for the care of more than 17,000 prisoners. She has 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. In San Francisco, Ms. Beltz conducted an audit of the Sheriff's jail strip search and safety cell practices that resulted in broad policy and procedure revisions. She instructed undergraduates in quantitative and qualitative research methods through the use of surveys that measured attitudes and beliefs of Missouri correctional officers. In law school, Ms. Beltz interned with Prison Law Office and Justice Now where she monitored the CDCR for compliance with the Armstrong v. Davis settlement agreement, drafted the "Life Prisoners" chapter of the California State Prisoner's Handbook, and successfully argued for the "Compassionate Release" of a terminally ill prisoner serving a life sentence.
Ms. Beltz earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Black Studies and Sociology and a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and is a member of the State Bar of California.