County Spotlight: Santa Barbara County Probation Officers – Your County, Your Heroes Feature
Watch this video to learn more about how probation officers in Santa Barbara County work with justice-involved individuals and create safer communities for everyone. The video features DPOs Monica Hernandez and Nelson Maldonado, discussing their service to the community, their clients, and why they are passionate about the work they do.
Probation officers throughout California provide a balance of accountability and opportunities for individuals involved in the justice system. Probation plays a crucial role in effectively supervising individuals in the community and connecting them to rehabilitative services, such as substance use treatment, mental and behavioral health care, anger management, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Probation also assists in linking individuals to workforce development, educational opportunities, and housing.
Probation is a critical connector for justice-involved individuals, guiding them toward safer and healthier pathways for success in the community. This approach emphasizes rehabilitation and behavior change, leading to lasting and long-term community safety.