Simpson University Invites Community to Forum with California Parole Board Hearing Commissioner

For Immediate Release


Randy GroundsREDDING, Calif. - The community is invited to join Simpson University students, faculty and staff in a forum Saturday afternoon featuring Randy Grounds, a commissioner with the California Board of Parole Hearings.

Grounds, who was appointed to his current role by Gov. Brown in 2016, will speak from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in LaBaume-Rudat Hall, room 204, as part of On the Same Page, the university’s common reading program.

Simpson University students, faculty and staff are reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson this year. The best-selling Just Mercy is a nonfiction exploration of criminal justice in America. Specifically, it looks at the history of the death row system and how it is administered in the South.

Simpson English professor Nicole Kenley said that Just Mercy was selected because it “investigates themes of justice, race, class, activism, and grace, and asks provocative questions about the way these themes apply to our legal system.” This text provides an opportunity to discuss many pressing contemporary issues in a grounded, relevant way, she said.

Grounds has served as a chief deputy warden at the Correctional Training Facility at Soledad and California State Prison Solano, in addition to numerous other roles within the state correctional system.

On Oct. 12, about 100 people attended an On the Same Page forum on campus featuring Dr. Todd Allen, founder of The Common Ground Project, a community-based nonprofit in Pennsylvania that promotes understanding of the civil rights movement.

A third forum is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in LBR 204. It will feature a panel discussion with Shasta County Superior Court Judge Stephen Baker; Shasta County Public Defender Jeffrey Gorder; and Yolo County Supervising Probation Officer Zachary Grounds.

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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