Seminar to Address Rising Crime in Riverside County

District Attorney Michael A. Hestrin to discuss why crime is increasing in Oct. 1 lecture at UCR

Michael A. Hestrin

Riverside County District Attorney Michael A. Hestrin will discuss the rising crime rate on Oct. 1.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Riverside County District Attorney Michael A. Hestrin will launch the 2015-16 Randall Lewis Seminar Series at the University of California, Riverside on Oct. 1 with a discussion of “Rising Crime in Riverside County: What Is Happening?”

The seminar will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), 1084 Columbia Ave., Riverside. It is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested as seating is limited and may be made online or by calling (951) 827-7830. The Randall Lewis Seminar Series is presented by the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development (CSSD), a research center of the UCR School of Public Policy.

After several years of decline, crime in the Inland Region is on the increase this year. Crime rates in Riverside County, for example, have increased markedly in the first half of 2015, as reported by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and numerous cities across the county. Hestrin will discuss what is driving this increase and how it is affecting public safety.

In an op-ed published Aug. 24 in the Press-Enterprise, Hestrin noted “sweeping changes” to California’s criminal justice system that began in 2011 with the passage of state legislation that reduced prison overcrowding by transferring felons convicted of lesser offenses to county jails, and passage of Proposition 47 in 2014, which reduced to misdemeanors crimes involving personal use of most illegal drugs many categories of theft.

Resulting overcrowding in county jails forces the release of “the best of the worst,” Hestrin wrote, “with criminals paying little or no price for their crimes.”

Hestrin was elected Riverside County district attorney in June 2014 and was sworn in on Jan. 5, 2015. He was born in the Coachella Valley and graduated in 1993 from the University of Arizona in Tucson with a bachelor’s degree in history. After college, he spent a year living in Mexico with relatives working as a reporter for a small newspaper based in Guadalajara. He returned to the United States and enrolled at Stanford Law School, where graduated in 1997 with both a Juris Doctorate in Law and a master’s degree in Latin American studies.

Before being elected district attorney, Hestrin spent 18 years as a line prosecutor in the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office assigned to the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit and Homicide Unit.

In 1999, he was named Riverside County’s Misdemeanor Prosecutor of the Year. The following year he was recognized as Riverside County’s Felony Prosecutor of the Year. In 2003, 2005, and again in 2010, he was named Countywide Prosecutor of the Year. The Daily Journal, which covers the legal profession, named him one of 2008’s “Top Twenty Lawyers Under Forty” for all of California. In 2009, he was honored as the Statewide Prosecutor of the Year by the California District Attorney Investigators Association. In 2010, the California District Attorneys Association recognized him as California’s Outstanding Prosecutor.


Established in 2003, the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development (CSSD) explores the social, economic, political and environmental impacts that population growth and movement has on cities and local communities. Housed in the School of Public Policy, the center facilitates interdisciplinary collaborations in the community through its staff and affiliated faculty via research, joint conferences, workshops and public forums held at UCR and in the community.

The Randall Lewis Seminar Series is an ongoing program of the CSSD generously funded by Randall Lewis, executive vice president of Upland-based Lewis Operating Cos. The seminars focus on a wide range of regional sustainability topics such as air and water resources, infrastructure and transportation planning, affordable housing and the fiscal health of cities.

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