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Dallas County Criminal Justice Department

Criminal Justice Administrative Services

Ron Stretcher, Director

Ron Stretcher

Director Ron Stretcher is serving his 25th year for the citizens of Dallas County and his 10th year as the Director of the Criminal Justice Department. As Director of Criminal Justice he continues to manage the jail population, improve pre-trial release services and expand jail diversion for special populations. He continues to serve as the primary liaison with Dallas County IT Services on all criminal justice related IT projects. He is a leader when it comes to providing technical assistance to other County departments within the criminal justice system and leads planning efforts for new programs including 24-hour district attorney intake, outpatient competency restoration and a local residential treatment program. Mr. Stretcher has helped to improve cooperation among criminal justice agencies that has led to stabilizing the jail population from 7,300 daily to near and sometimes below 5,400 inmates. Mr. Stretcher has also implemented processes that have increased jail releases on pre-trial bonds and increased the number of defendants in jail diversion programs.

Mr. Stretcher has distinctive leadership skills and abilities which translate into a well-run department. As co-chair of the Dallas County Behavioral Health Leadership Team, he continues to put the citizens of Dallas County first. As Board Chairman of the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority for Dallas County, his aim is to oversee the managed behavioral healthcare service which serves persons eligible for Medicaid and/or public behavioral health funds in the NorthStar region.

Mr. Stretcher is very dedicated to the citizens of Dallas, his staff and department, where the mission is to enhance public safety and maximize the effectiveness of Dallas County criminal justice by managing and reducing jail population through diversion programs, supervised releases, pretrial screening and liaisons with other criminal justice agencies.

Leah Gamble, Deputy Director

Deputy Director Leah Gamble is serving in her 35th year with Dallas County, the 10th year with the Criminal Justice Department. Ms. Gamble has served in various parts of the Criminal Justice workforce for Dallas County. She began her Criminal Justice career in Inmate Classification for the Dallas County Sheriff's Office. She has worked for Community Supervision and Corrections as a Field Probation Officer, a Court Probation Officer, managed a criminal court as a Court Coordinator and helped design and manage a county operated Halfway House for inmates released from prison or placed on intensive probation supervision. She brings to the Criminal Justice Department a variety of institutional knowledge and a strong Human Resources background.  These experiences have allowed her to contribute to building the Criminal Justice Department into a well-respected Dallas County Department involved in jail population management through a variety of creative solutions.

In Ms. Gamble’s previous position with the department she managed the transition of Pretrial Release in 2007 into a robust operation which reviews all detainees for eligibility for Pretrial Release from the Dallas County Jail.  During her tenure as Pretrial Release Manager she was involved in the startup of an Alternative Sentencing Program utilizing House Arrest, an Electronic GPS Monitoring Program for high risk offenders released on bond, and the Bond Supervision Unit which monitors defendant on bond for intoxication related offenses. These programs have high success rates and have been copied by other programs around the country. As Deputy Director she is charged with oversight and support of the various programs within the department. These programs include Pretrial Release, Bond Supervision, Electronic Monitoring Program, Mental Health and Competency Coordination, the Crisis Service Project, Divert Court, Jail Population Coordination, the Criminal Justice Advisory Board and support for various specialty courts.