retired associate deputy attorney general steven h. cook appointed to leo technologies advisory board of directors

Los Angeles, CA, September 23, 2019 – LEO Technologies, a technology solutions provider for law enforcement, has appointed retired Associate Deputy Attorney General Steven H. Cook to its Advisory Board of Directors. LEO Technologies is the company behind Verus, an artificial intelligence and machine learning system combined with other cutting-edge technologies to pull actionable intelligence from inmate communications for use in investigating and disrupting criminal activity.

The immediate past president of the National Association of Assistant US Attorneys, Mr. Cook served with the US Department of Justice for 33 years. Most recently, Mr. Cook led two of the DOJ’s priority programs—violent crime reduction and strengthening the Department’s relationship with law enforcement. Prior to that assignment, Mr. Cook served in the field as a federal prosecutor for 30 years, handling a wide variety of cases. He also served as the chief of the Criminal Division, overseeing Federal prosecutors in three offices in his district. He received dozens of awards and letters of commendation, including the Director’s Award for Superior Performance in connection with his work prosecuting violent gang members. 

“I am excited about joining LEO Technologies because it is an industry leader developing cutting-edge tools to support prosecutors and law enforcement,” Mr. Cook said. “LEO Technologies’ tools will discourage prisoners from using communication devices to engage in criminal activity while incarcerated. At the same time, these tools enhance the ability of law enforcement and prosecutors to gather incriminating evidence.”

Mr. Cook was chosen as one of The Politico’s 50 in 2017 for his work on national criminal justice issues. He has testified multiple times before Congress in connection with proposed criminal justice legislation including bills involving the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and sentencing reformHe has appeared as a guest on numerous radio and television programs with regional and national audiences (including the O’Reilly Factor and Sean Hannity Show). 

Mr. Cook has also been a frequent panelist on forums and discussion panels (including programs hosted by The Washington PostAtlantic MagazineHastings Law Journal, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference). “Whether the prisoner is engaged in drug dealing, human trafficking, or terrorism, LEO Technologies provides the tools necessary to shut them down,” said Mr. Cook. “I’m proud to support their mission.” 

LEO Technologies (www.leotechnologies-staging.creative2.com) is a leading edge provider of technology for the corrections sector and a global partner of Amazon Web Services. Their products include Verus, a system using artificial intelligence to obtain actionable intelligence from inmate communications, and Warden, a technology for detecting smuggled phones. LEO Technologies solutions are in use in metropolitan areas around the country in states such as Alabama, California, and New York and have recently been adopted by the State Departments of Correction for Kansas and Oklahoma. 
Contact LEO Technologies at [email protected] | 310.557.8900

LEO Technologies Names Former California Department of Corrections Secretary as President and CEO

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.
LEO Technologies (www.leotechnologies-staging.creative2.com) is a leading edge provider of technology for the corrections sector and a global partner of Amazon Web Services. Their products include Verus, a system using artificial intelligence to obtain actionable intelligence from inmate communications, and Warden, a technology for detecting smuggled phones. LEO Technologies solutions are in use in metropolitan areas around the country in states such as Alabama, California, and New York and have recently been adopted by the State Departments of Correction for Kansas and Oklahoma. 
Contact LEO Technologies at [email protected] | 310.557.8900