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Mike Brady

Director of Sabot Criminal Justice

Mike Brady leads the firm’s efforts in Criminal Justice Capability Improvement. Before joining the firm in 2012, Mr. Brady served as an Assistant Secretary of Audits and Court Compliance, Chief of Court Compliance, Deputy Commissioner, and Project Manager for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in California. He has overseen the development and implementation of Court ordered remedial plans for civil rights litigation at the state and federal level.

Mr. Brady is intimately familiar with the requirements of AB109/117 and his legal education and experience as a public policy consultant for the President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate gives him tremendous insight into the legislative intent of these bills and any necessary clean up legislation. Mr. Brady holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a Certificate in Project Management from the University of California at Davis.

Mike Brady's team consists of the following subject matter experts in Jail & Prison Operations & ADA Accessibility Architecture.


Daniel Carvo

Mr. Carvo held numerous positions over his thirty-year correctional career including Correctional Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Parole Agent I, II, III, and Staff Counsel I. He was instrumental in the Board of Parole Hearings class action suit (Armstrong, Valdivia, Rutherford) litigation responses and compliance efforts. These efforts included the development of statewide policies and procedures, tracking systems, and ongoing compliance monitoring throughout the State’s prisons, county jails, parole units, and community-based parolee programs. He served as a subject matter expert for parole proceedings and events related to parole proceedings. Mr. Carvo retired from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) as the Supervisor/Manager of CDCR’s American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation efforts statewide. Mr. Carvo holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento and a Juris Doctorate Degree from McGeorge School of Law.


Daniel L. Godinez

Daniel L. Godinez is a retired Correctional Peace Officer with over 32 years of experience working with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Currently, he is working as a consultant with SABOT Consulting, Criminal Justice Division.

Mr. Godinez commenced his career with CDCR as a Correctional Officer in January 1987 at California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC), a Custody Level IV facility. As a Correctional Officer, he was assigned to several security positions within the institution, including in the Administrative Segregation and Security Housing Units, as well as the Enhanced Outpatient Program.

Mr. Godinez was also certified with the state of California as a bilingual Spanish speaker and provided translation services for Spanish speaking inmates during disciplinary hearings, medical appointments, and investigative interviews, among other events.

From August 1996 through January 1999, Mr. Godinez was assigned as a Correctional Sergeant at both SAC and Mule Creek State Prison, a Custody Level I-IV facility. He was assigned to various posts and supervised Correctional Officers and inmates within these institutions.
In January 1999, he accepted a position at the Richard A. McGee Basic Correctional Officer Academy (BCOA) as a Correctional Sergeant/Instructor. He provided classroom presentation training for a variety of topics, including, but not limited to, Arrest and Control, Physical Training, California Penal Code 832, Firearms and Chemical Agents, Emergency Operations, Alarm Response, Use of Force, and other CDCR mandated training to newly hired Correctional Peace Officers and CDCR staff.

In May 2004, he promoted to a Correctional Lieutenant position at the California State Prison-Solano, a Custody Level I-III facility. He was assigned to multiple assignments, including, Program Lieutenant, Senior Hearing Official, and Administrative Segregation Unit Lieutenant.
In November 2004, he transferred to the BCOA as a Program Lieutenant. In this position, he supervised Correctional Sergeant/Instructors, Correctional Officer cadets, and support staff.

In March 2008, Mr. Godinez transferred to CDCR’s Office of Audits and Court Compliance (OACC) as a Correctional Counselor II (CC II) Specialist. As a CC II, he served as a Subject Mater Expert for the CDCR Developmental Disability Program (DDP) and Disability Placement Program (DPP).

He collaborated in the development and maintenance of the DDP compliance review audit tool and methodologies and worked in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, including members of CDCR’s Statewide Mental Health Department, Office of Legal Affairs, California Office of the Attorney General, and Plaintiff’s counsel (Prison Law Office) to measure institutional degree of compliance with DDP and DPP departmental policies, procedures, regulations and directives, as well as court orders and state and federal laws.

Mr. Godinez retired from CDCR OACC on December 31, 2017, after serving in the unit nearly 10 years. He returned to OACC as a Retired Annuitant CC II from May 2018 through May 2020, where he trained newly hired CC II Specialist staff, aided in the development of the DDP Standardized Operational Procedures, and participated in compliance reviews. In August 2020, he joined SABOT Consulting as a consultant in the Criminal Justice Division.


Paul L. Bishop

Mr. Bishop has more than 46 years of experience in the architectural profession. His practice transcends several areas of specialization, including traditional design services, code consulting and historic preservation.

Mr. Bishop has significant experience in the area of accessibility consulting and has provided accessibility consulting services for numerous architects, engineers, developers and contractors on difficult design problems. Mr. Bishop provides access compliance document review services for the California Division of the State Architect, Access Compliance Department for K-12, community college and State University system projects and State of California owned and leased buildings. He is currently providing access compliance document review and field inspection services for numerous projects at UC San Diego and San Diego State University.

He has provided expert witness services for more than 500 accessibility-related lawsuits, for both plaintiffs and defendants and as a neutral expert for both parties. These cases have involved both Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Housing Act, California Building Code and the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS). Mr. Bishop is certified by the International Codes Council (ICC) as an Accessibility / Usability Specialist (#68637), demonstrating proficiency in the requirements of ANSI A117.1, the basis for ADAAG and the California Building Code (CBC). He is one of the first Certified Access Specialists (CASp) in the state of California, having demonstrated his knowledge and experience in access compliance regulations.

Mr. Bishop’s experience also includes 6 years as an instructor of Building Codes at Design Institute of San Diego, a FIDER-accredited institution. He has also delivered educational seminars regarding accessibility for architects, designers, contractors, attorneys and real estate professionals. The firm has also prepared curriculum for statewide training on provisions of the California Building Code through the Division of the State Architect.

The firm has successfully completed projects for public clients such as Los Angeles Unified School District, San Diego Housing Commission, Unified Port District of San Diego, City of San Diego, Centre City Development Corporation, the Cities of Carlsbad, El Cajon, Dana Point & Brawley, San Diego Unified School District, Los Angeles Community College District and California State Universities Northridge and Sacramento. Projects involve K-12, higher education, retail, commercial offices, hospitality, residential, recreational and qualified historic properties.

Mr. Bishop has provided accessibility consulting services to the counties of Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Shasta and Solano as a subconsultant to Sabot Consulting. He has also provided expert witness services to the ACLU, Prison Law Office, Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld, LLP, Disability Rights Law Center, the Office of the California State Attorney General and the Law Offices of Rebecca Weinstein-Hamilton in connection with accessibility issues at facilities operated by the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, Montana State Prison and Nebraska State Prison.


Julian Martinez

  • 35 years of experience in the justice system
  • 28 years of hands-on experience in CA adult prison system from Correctional Officer to Associate Warden in various correction institutions
  • Served as the Chief of Health Care Placement Unit in the Division of Correctional Healthcare Services and as the Chief of Court Compliance in the Office of Audits and Court Compliance in CA
  • Since retiring from CDCR in 2014, he has provided Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) consulting services to Santa Clara County Jail, Sacramento County Jail, Shasta County Jail, Michigan Department of Corrections, Orange County Jail, and the Santa Barbara County Jail. Worked as a court appointed monitor in Federal ADA litigation cases in Shasta County Jail in California, Santa Clara County Jail in California, Orange County Jail in California, Santa Barbara County Jail in California and the Michigan Department of Corrections in the State of Michigan.
  • Conducted Gap Analysis of the following County Jails ADA Compliance; Santa Clara County Jail (all disabilities), Shasta County Jail (mobility disabilities), Sacramento County Jail (all disabilities), Orange County Jail (all disabilities).
  • Expert in security consultant services for multiple prisons in Mexico and has conducted Audits of the Office of Refugee Resettlement Programs throughout the United States.
  • Domain leader in providing ADA training to correctional staff in county jails and state prisons.
  • Conducted Use of Force review in the Santa Clara County Jail in California, and Restrictive Housing Review in the Orange County Jail in California.

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.