Oral history video between Jackie Lacey & Susan Turner
Jackie Lacey & Susan Turner
About the Interview
Jackie Lacey has spent most of her professional life as a prosecutor, manager, and executive in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. On December 3, 2012, she was sworn in as the 42nd Los Angeles District Attorney. She is the first woman and first African-American to serve as Los Angeles County District Attorney since the office was created in 1850. A Los Angeles native and graduate of the University of Southern California Law School, Ms. Lacey joined the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation in 1986 as a deputy district attorney. Ms. Lacey won national attention for her successful prosecution of the county's first race-based hate crime murder. Ms. Lacey has overseen the development of several groundbreaking crime-fighting initiatives within the office. They include the nation’s first Animal Cruelty Prosecution Program, the Graffiti Prosecution Program, and the Project Safe Neighborhoods Gun Prosecution Program. She was key in the creation of alternative sentencing courts to deal with specific nonviolent offenders. As a result of Jackie’s career achievements in trial, and her leadership efforts, the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal named her one of the Top Women Litigators of 2009. She was elected to a four-year term of office. Ms. Lacey is a graduate of UCI and Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. She and her husband, David, have two adult children.
Susan Turner is a Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at UCI. She also serves as Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections, an appointee of the President of the University of California to the California Rehabilitation Oversight Board (C-ROB), and member of California’s Bureau of State and Community Corrections (B.S.CC) committees. She received her M.A. and Ph.D in Social Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She led a variety of research projects while she was a Senior Behavioral Scientist at RAND, including studies on racial disparity, field experiments of private sector alternatives for serious juvenile offenders, work release, day fines and a 14-site evaluation of intensive supervision probation. Turner's areas of expertise include the design and implementation of randomized field experiments and research collaborations with state and local justice agencies. At UCI, she has assisted the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in the development and validation of a risk assessment tool as well as evaluations of targeted parole programs. Turner is a member of the American Society of Criminology, the American Probation and Parole Association, a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, past Chair of the Division of Corrections and Sentencing, and current chair of the Division of Experimental Criminology, of the American Society of Criminology.