Director, Criminal Justice Compliance
Reginald (Reggie) Sakamoto, Director at Sabot Consulting has a dynamic and proven history of providing top tier leadership and consulting within the federal government law enforcement environment. Adept at solving any detention or alternative compliance or accreditation concerns. Expert in detention requirements and operations with proven 1000 bed facility activations for all genders and levels under contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Has served as a government subject matter expert for several litigation cases as well as appearing before congressional delegates on immigration detention matters. Most recently Reggie was a Director for Correction Operations ensuring the execution and performance of federal contracted detention facilities owned and operated by Management and Training Corporation. Also coordinated all phases of detention operations with corporate senior executive staff and on-site executive management, focusing on budget and improving compliance outcomes. Provided data proven direct operational oversight along with recruiting, training, and mentoring with an emphasis on maintaining the highest performance per the contractual agreements and standards. Participated in corrective action plan development and monitored contract performance to ensure any accreditations and compliance. Was the subject matter expert (SME) for federal contract proposal development and oversaw the activations and several modernization projects regarding American Disabilities Act, American Correctional Association, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), ICE standards (including medical), best industry practices, courtrooms with video capabilities for both hearings and asylum interviews.
Prior to his retirement from ICE, Reggie was the Chief managing the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Custody Management Division, Detention Monitoring Unit (DMU) in Washington, DC. Provided technical guidance, development of policy, to the Assistant Director, with supervision over both non-law enforcement detention compliance employees and officers located on-site at facilities throughout the U.S. Reggie managed nationwide day-to-day on-site compliance monitoring of standards, while ensuring that conditions of detention, administration and HQ reporting is maintained as set forth by Department of Homeland Security (DHS), ICE and ERO policy. Supervised the overall training, management, and oversight of DMU operations and monitored conditions of confinement within adult detention centers, civil detention centers, federal, state, and local detention centers, regarding all accreditations, standards, policies and procedures that were related to staff, safety, facility inspections, and other activities relating to detainment within ICE facilities and jails. Served as an SME for nationwide detention policies, procedures, and requirements as they relate to possible violations requiring an ICE response. Served as an expert in analyzing legislation and developing standards, regulations, or policies that impact local and agency-wide detention programs i.e., PREA, LBGTI detention reforms, visitation and Non-government Organization outreach et.al.
Reggie also served as the Phoenix Fugitive Operations Team and the Law Enforcement Agency Response Unit (LEAR) supervisor whose responsibility encompassed the Phoenix Field Office, area of responsibility (AOR). SDDO Sakamoto supervised the LEAR unit which included responsibility for maintaining all Secure Community operations and local law enforcement responses within the AOR. Managed the field office under 72-hour detention through a corps of Immigration Enforcement Agents, contract staff and local jails which included Maricopa and Pinal Counties.
Assigned to the Alternatives to Detention (ATD) unit within HQ ERO as an SME for Intensive Supervision Appearance Program and ATD training development for the Learning Development Center (LDC) as well as coordinating all budgetary needs. Was the SME for litigation cases involving ATD’s operational concerns that have involved jurisdictional dilemmas for the field. Reggie worked directly with field office supervisors, assigned officers/agents daily regarding the ISAP, Enhanced Supervision Reporting (ESR) and the Electronic Monitoring (EM) programs to provide operational guidance and policy regarding all ATD issues.
Prior to ATD he was assigned as the ICE Unaccompanied Alien Child (UAC) SME and was the acting Unit Chief for the HQ Juvenile and Family Residential Management Unit (JFRMU). The unit also had operation oversight of the T. Don Hutto and Berks Family Residential facilities, detaining family units. DDO Sakamoto represented ERO in the Perez-Olano SIJ class action, 9th Circuit Court mediations and has been instrumental in ensuring settlement compliance. Reggie developed close working relationships with DHS Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Human and Health Services, Office Refugee Resettlement (ORR), DHS Office of Border Patrol and the Office of Field Operations in liaison with these agencies he coordinated the transfer of UAC and families from points of apprehension to ORR approved shelters or ERO family centers.
Contracting Officer Representative, for the El Paso Service Processing Center, El Paso, TX.
U.S. Marshal Service, Southwest Fugitive Task Force, El Paso, TX.
U.S. Federal Air Marshal, Las Vegas, NV.
U.S. Army – Desert Storm veteran