Story by Ike Dodson, CDCR PIO
Office of Public and Employee Communications

STOCKTON – Flanked by his wife, daughter, and mother-in-law, Gilbert Infante was all family and all smiles at the Northern California Youth Correctional Center Nov. 1.

The reason – Infante was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown as a commissioner to the Board of Juvenile Hearings. He was sworn in Nov. 1 at the Stockton Training Center, a complex just outside of the two youth correctional facilities that the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) operates in Northern California.

“I’m very honored to be a part of the Board of Juvenile Hearings,” Infante said. “It’s a unique opportunity and one that I would have never thought would be a part of my career when I joined DJJ.

“I’m very passionate about what I do and to be able to serve our great state while adhering to the mission and guiding principles of DJJ and the Integrated Behavioral Treatment Model (IBTM) philosophy in the capacity of a board commissioner is very rewarding and I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Rachel Stern, executive officer of the Board of Juvenile Hearings enjoyed the “raise your right hand” honor in Stockton. A former hearing officer for the Board herself, she welcomed Infante into the fold. DJJ Director Chuck Supple, a former commissioner, also boasted of Infante.

IBTM is designed to reduce institutional violence and future criminal behavior by teaching anti-criminal attitudes and personal skills so youth offenders can better manage their environment. Infante has been an IBTM treatment team supervisor at the Stockton Training Center since 2015. He served in several positions at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility from 2007 to 2015, including parole agent, senior youth correctional counselor and youth correctional counselor.

“I expect my new role to be one that aligns with the direction that Director Supple envisions the board to go.” Infante said. “In addition, one that brings my knowledge and experience of working with our youth and treatment background to the board in order to objectively and impartially align the release decision making process with DJJ’s IBTM philosophy in order to best serve our youth, department and communities throughout California.”

Christienne Sanders and Tami McKee-Sani, both former IBTM cohorts of Infante, offered congratulations Nov. 1 and made impassioned remarks about Infante’s impact on incarcerated youth and DJJ staff.

Infante is eager to take that enthusiasm to the Board of Juvenile Hearings.

“To say I’m excited for the opportunity to work with my colleagues would be an understatement,” he said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for the other members of the board and I believe that each one of us brings a lot of knowledge, experience and a unique set of skills to the board that will help shape the future of the board in the years to come.”