District Attorney O’Malley announced the creation of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DDEI). She has appointed Assistant District Attorney II Terry Wiley to the head the groundbreaking new division.
Under the leadership of DA O’Malley, the District Attorney’s Office convened the Fair and Equitable Policing and Prosecution Working Group in 2016. Mr. Wiley has been a part of the Working Group from its inception, focusing on issues such as implicit bias, updating guidelines and protocols, and creating policies that ensure fairness and equity in prosecution, in working with victims of crime and within the Office.
These efforts have led to the creation of several programs and collaborative courts that offer alternatives to incarceration, providing individuals charged with crimes the opportunities to gain insight, to build skills, to complete their education and to move beyond the criminal justice system. We have also created a misdemeanor pre-charging program for people to participate in to avoid charges. As the State reports, Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has more collaborative courts per capita than any other county.
“Key to addressing inequities inherent to the criminal justice system, the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will expand on the efforts of the Working Group, delving deeper into issues of equity based on gender, ethnicity, culture, race, opinions, perspectives and backgrounds,” states DA O’Malley. “I am proud of the diversity within the workforce of my office, as it reflects the residents of Alameda County. We are also the 4th most diverse county in the country. The new division will build on the great work and tradition of the Office, tapping into our creativity and commitment towards fair and equitable prosecution and administration of justice. Terry Wiley is the best choice to lead this new Division.”