New Alameda County Probation Chief Announced

(Oakland,Ca)- Today, Alameda County announced that David Muhammad will become its new Chief Probation Officer. The Ella Baker Center advocated for Mr. Muhammad as a candidate for this position and is thrilled that the County has chosen a successful, reform-minded professional. Mr. Muhammad transformed the Washington, D.C. system to invest in youth and their families--and it worked. Fewer youth are locked up in the D.C. system, and fewer youth who get out return.

"We applaud Alameda County's decision to hire a reform-minded candidate to lead the Probation Department." said Sumayyah Waheed of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, "Families are thirsty for change and Chief Muhammad doesn't just talk about reform--he walks the walk."

Throughout the hiring process, the Books Not Bars campaign of the Ella Baker Center raised up the voices of families impacted by the system. Families shared their experiences with probation with the County Board of Supervisors and the County's hiring director. The Ella Baker Center also hosted a presentation with David Muhammad about his strategies for reforming juvenile justice practices in D.C. Families who attended left impressed and inspired by the possibilities, here in Alameda County.

Alameda county now has the perfect opportunity to make the necessary reforms what will treat youth better, save the county money, and make our communities safer.