Los Angeles, CA, September 10, 2019 – LEO Technologies, a provider of cutting-edge technology for the law enforcement and corrections sector, has named Scott Kernan as their new President and CEO. As the former Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Mr. Kernan brings nearly 30 years of experience with corrections technology and policy. LEO Technologies is the company behind Verus, a speech-to-text technology driven by artificial intelligence that pulls actionable intelligence from inmate communications. LEO Technologies has also developed Warden, an advanced platform for detecting contraband phones in jails and prisons.
“I’ve always championed solutions to systemic problems in prisons,” notes Mr. Kernan of his decades-long career in law enforcement. “Gangs, drugs, and suicides prevent the mission to rehabilitate inmates. LEO Technologies is at the forefront of the effort to mitigate these terrible problems. We’ve already seen it make a major impact in metro areas such as Birmingham, Alabama.”
Mr. Kernan began his career with CDCR as a correctional officer in 1983 at San Quentin State Prison. Mr. Kernan went on to serve as Warden at California State Prison-Sacramento and Mule Creek State Prison. Mr. Kernan became Deputy Director of Adult Institutions in 2006 and Chief Deputy Secretary of Adult Operations in 2007. He oversaw the Strategic Offender Management System (SOMS), the largest correctional IT project in CDCR history. Mr. Kernan retired in 2011, but was called back to public service when Governor Jerry Brown appointed him Secretary of CDCR in 2016. In this role, Mr. Kernan was responsible for more than 200,000 inmates, 69,000 employees, and a $12.5 billion budget. Mr. Kernan retired again in 2018, shortly before taking up his new role at LEO Technologies. “The LEO Technologies people, the company, the products drove me to come back,” says Mr. Kernan.