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Dallas County Criminal Justice Department

Criminal Justice Administrative Services

Charlene Randolph, Director

Charlene Randolph is the Director of Criminal Justice Department at Dallas County, Texas.  In this role, she oversees a department that effectively manages the county’s criminal justice resources by reducing jail population and collaborating with other criminal justice partners and agencies to improve public safety programs and services across Dallas County, as well as leads other initiatives aimed at jail diversion and special need offenders (i.e. pregnant, mental health).  Charlene began her career at Dallas County in 2013 as the Project Manager for the 1115 Waiver- Crisis Services Project (CSP) which works to reduce jail recidivism and need for higher levels of care by ensuring Dallas County jail inmates with a suspected or confirmed mental health diagnosis are identified, assessed, and linked to community-based services when released.  Under her leadership, CSP has served over 24,000 unique clients since 2013 and successful outcome achievements for the initiative have resulted in over $18 million dollars in matched federal funds which have all been committed to improving client outcomes and the behavioral health delivery system in Dallas County.  Before working at Dallas County, Charlene worked for over 10 years at various non-profit organizations in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth area and her work spans the fields of case management, research and program evaluation, arts education, early child development, and juvenile justice.  Charlene received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.  Charlene is also a Dallas County Commissioners Court appointed board member of the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority (NTBHA) and a co-chair of the Dallas County Behavioral Leadership Team (BHLT) Adult Clinical Operations Team. 

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.