Rick Wells


36 years of experience in the justice system.

34 years of hands-on experience in the CA adult prison system from Correctional Officer to Deputy Director in various correctional institutions as well as for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Headquarters.

Served as Deputy Director (and previously as Chief) for the Office of Audits and Court Compliance for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

As a CDCR Correctional Administrator (Associate Warden), he developed and implemented compliance review/audit instruments and methodologies for ADA, American Correctional Association (ACA), and Security Audits, as well as developed training curriculum for Federal class action litigation and ACA, and provided monitoring oversight for various class action litigation cases.

Since retiring from CDCR in 2012, he served as a retired annuitant Deputy Director and Correctional Administrator (Associate Warden) for CDCR; served as an ACA Consultant for the California Prison Industry Authority; and has provided ADA consulting services to the Orange County Jail, Solano County Jail, Santa Clara County Jail, Sacramento County Jail, Monterey County Jail, and the Michigan Department of Corrections. Worked as a court appointed monitor in Federal ADA litigation cases for the Monterey County Jail, Orange County Jail, and Michigan Department of Corrections.

Conducted Gap Analysis of the following County Jails regarding ADA Compliance; Santa Clara County Jail (all disabilities), Sacramento County Jail (all disabilities), Orange County Jail (all disabilities), and Alameda County (multiple disabilities).

Conducted Use of Force review at Santa Clara County Jail, LGBTQI review at Orange County Jail, Security assessment at Solano County Jail; conducted numerous internal ACA preparation reviews at numerous CDCR adult correctional facilities.

Expertise in curriculum development, training instructor, policy writing, audit/monitoring tool methodology and development, and litigation monitoring.

Rick Wells