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Probation During COVID-19: Feeding the Homeless
El Dorado Probation Youth and Staff Cook Over 3,000 Meals for Locals

In response to COVID-19, Governor Newsom authorized $150 million in March 2020 to establish Project Roomkey, a program that allows counties to provide shelter options for people experiencing homelessness to minimize the strain on local health care systems. Project Roomkey offers people experiencing homelessness exposed to or recovering from COVID-19 a safe place to properly quarantine outside of a hospital, especially if they are at high risk for medical complications.

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San Joaquin County Probation’s Passport Program: Steven’s Story

San Joaquin County Probation’s Passport Program: Steven’s Story

As a child, Steven grew up with neglectful parents and was placed in a group home. He had a very rough life in and out of the system for what felt like a lifetime. Steven suffered from an addiction to harmful substances and alcohol.

He always wanted a change in his life but never knew how to ask or get the help he needed.

After years of unsuccessful attempts to get his life on a better path, Steven and his family moved to Stockton.

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Highlight — Veterans Overcome Challenges With San Bernardino Veterans Treatment Court

Highlight — Veterans Overcome Challenges With San Bernardino Veterans Treatment Court

Kevin, a former client of San Bernardino County Probation, is an uplifting story of transformation and success. 

After serving three tours in the United States Army, Kevin realized he had to get help after run-ins with law enforcement and several suicide attempts. He found out about San Bernardino County Veterans Treatment Court and was partnered up with Probation Officer Victor Hernandez, who is also a veteran. 

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SPOTLIGHT: Madera Probation Helped Residents Stay Safe During Creek Fire
Department Spent Three Weeks Helping Counties Evacuate California’s Largest Single Fire

When The Creek Fire began burning in Fresno and Madera Counties, Madera County Probation Officers stepped in to help support CalFire and Madera County Sheriff’s Department with evacuations.

This is California’s largest single fire consuming over 365,000 acres and destroying about 1,000 structures. As the fire progressed away from populated areas, Probation Officers assisted with monitoring evacuated areas, managing traffic control, and eventually escorting homeowners safely back to their homes when evacuation orders lifted.

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Two Local Veterans Graduated from Butte County Veterans Treatment Court

The Butte County Probation Department was proud to announce the graduation of two of their Veterans Treatment Court participants. Veterans continue fighting even after their military service has ended as they struggle with substance abuse, mental health, and reintegrating into civilian life. With the help of the Veterans Treatment Court team, these clients complete an intensive treatment program and period of probation supervision lasting at least 12 months.

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Probation Officers in San Bernardino County Develop Homeless Outreach Unit

Probation Officers in San Bernardino County Develop Homeless Outreach Unit

Earlier this year, San Bernardino County developed a Homeless Outreach Unit within their county. 

Probation Officers in this unit work with their regional homeless community to complete check-ins and offer outreach services. This includes connecting them with public health services, cooling and heating centers, and local food pantries. Officers also assist with finding housing for the homeless probationers under their care.

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ICYMI: Taking a Different Approach to Transforming Young Lives
Coastal Valley Academy in San Luis Obispo County Reflects New Ways of Helping Youth

ICYMI: Taking a Different Approach to Transforming Young Lives

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Juvenile Justice in California has evolved – moving away from a more punitive model of the 1990’s and implementing a trauma-informed model that focuses on whole-person and family care and services.  This evolution has been informed by science, research and evidence as the proven way to help youth onto healthier pathways and enhance community safety. 

The Coastal Valley Academy in San Luis Obispo County is a perfect example of this evolution and how San Luis Obispo County Probation transformed a physical space to better reflec

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ICYMI: Santa Barbara Probation Enhances Pretrial Services Amid COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Santa Barbara County Probation has made it a priority to quickly escalate its pretrial programming services to address the rapid release of individuals in the community facing mental health challenges, housing insecurity, or who have little support in the community during the shelter-in-place order.

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Probation Officers in Riverside Deliver Essential Items to Clients in Need

Probation Officers in Riverside Deliver Essential Items to Clients in Need

Riverside County Probation Officers have been delivering essential and hard to find items to probation clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to help in the overall community health and public safety response, the Riverside Probation Department is working with the Valley Community Pantry in Hemet, CA to help get care packages to probation clients who need them most.  The care packages contain essential items, some items that are hard for anyone to locate in a store during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Report: State Investment in Probation Associated with Lower Recidivism, Improved Safety

The California Probation Resource Institute (CaPRI) released a study conducted by respected expert Mia Bird who is a Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley and Ryken Grattet who is a Professor of Sociology at UC Davis.  The report, titled, “SB 678 Incentive-Based Funding and Evidence-Based Practices Enacted by California Probation Are Associated with Lower Recidivism Rates and Improved Public Safety,

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Local Hero: Probation Officer Butch Hindman
Butte County Probation Officer & Camp Fire Hero is Officer of the Year Awardee

Butch Hindman and his team from Butte Probation & Chief Wayne Barley

“In the early morning hours, it became apparent that the Camp Fire was going to be unlike any incident anyone had experienced… [Deputy Probation Officer] Butch Hindman was not only one of those officers who responded, but in those early and, critical hours, he led teams of probation officers who drove into an area that people were desperate to flee.”

~Chief Wayne Barley, Butte County Probation 

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SPOTLIGHT: Probation Officer Tiffany Stokes Receives Human Trafficking Awareness Month Award
California Probation embraces a human service approach toward supervision while focusing on components associated with an effective reduction in recidivism.

Probation Officer Tiffany Stokes of the Fresno County Probation Department was recognized by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) this past month for her invaluable work with the rehabilitation of human trafficking victims. She was recommended by a number of leaders in her local community who strongly commended her passion and dedication to the youth she works with on a daily basis.

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SPOTLIGHT: “I wasn’t afraid of probation”
One Veteran’s Positive Journey Alongside Two Probation Officers

Probation embraces a human service approach toward supervision while focusing on the components associated with effective reductions in recidivism.

The Veterans Court in the Santa Barbara County Probation Department has successfully helped a client named Kevin. Kevin has completely changed his way of life and has consistently maintained a healthier lifestyle. Kevin was recently interviewed along with his current and former probation officers about how his journey and how the relationships built between client and officer helped achieve success:

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Probation Success Story – Building Client Success Through Relationship

Probation Success Story – Building Client Success Through Relationship

Jillyne, a former Probation client in San Bernardino County is a true story of transformation and success.

“I made some bad decisions and it caught up with me,” she says in an interview about her journey. However, she did not allow those decisions to define her. 

After she was assigned to Officer Kirby in the Probation Department, she began making new choices and rewrote her life into an inspiring story of growth and success.

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Nevada County Probation Highlights New Vision for Youth

Artwork from youth on walls

The Nevada County Juvenile Hall has a new name, and a new purpose. Now known as the Nevada County Carl F. Bryan II Youth Center, the hall will continue to provide secure services for those few youths who need a safe place to reset their life on a positive path and get the help and services they need, but it will also service other youth by partnering with additional programs.