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Probation Departments Give Back to Communities by Participating in Annual Torch Run to Benefit the Special Olympics

In honor of Probation Services Week, Chief Probation Officers of California are highlighting probation staff and officers’ service and compassion on and off the clock. Probation is committed to giving back to communities and helping change lives. 

Probation departments from Mariposa, Sonoma, Solano, Sacramento, and Nevada counties participated in the 2022 Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics. 

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Success Story: “Probation put a wall between what I should be doing and what I shouldn’t”

Success Story: “Probation put a wall between what I should be doing and what I shouldn’t”

Erik Garduno’s life could have turned out differently.

The 30-year-old grew up in a good family. But the area where he lived was rough and he spent some of his time with the wrong crowd. As a result, a high school beer run gone wrong put him on a short probation stint, which turned out to be a good thing because it kept him away from bad influences and helped him figure out what he was – and wasn’t – supposed to be doing.

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Probation Provides a Bridge to Services for the Unhoused through a Lens of Accountability

Probation Departments throughout California are innovating to become a bridge and connector to services and supports for unhoused Californians, all through a lens of safety and accountability.  Read below about how Stanislaus County Probation and Placer County Probation are working to meet the needs of their communities to enhance safety, restoration and health.   

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The Connector – March 2022
California Probation Creating Safer Communities Through Accountability & Opportunity

Puzzle piece showing how probation connects people to services and supervision

In this issue of The Connector, read stories of hope and inspiration of how California Probation is helping create safer communities by focusing on holding justice-involved individuals accountable while helping them transition out of the system permanently through transformative and evidence-based rehabilitation. Probation Departments are a connector in the justice system, interlacing and maximizing the resources available within our systems and communities to reduce recidivism by carefully balancing direct human services and research-based interventions.

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Women’s History Month Webinar
Women Empowering Women: Celebrating Women Probation Leaders

Women’s History Month Webinar

Each March, Women’s History Month serves to reflect on the history of women in America and their contributions to our communities. We are proud of California probation’s diversity and gender equity in our officers, with 51% of deputy probation officers in California being women.

That diversity extends to ethnic diversity with 72% of deputy probation officers being non-white.

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California Probation: A Common Sense Approach to Safety
Balancing Accountability with Opportunity Helps Create Sustainable Safety in Communities

California Probation: A Common Sense Approach to Safety

Check out the latest video from @Solano County Probation. Chief Chris Hansen talks about how probation offers accountability and opportunity to improve lives of justice-involved individuals and provides common sense safety to communities.

We also get to see and hear from probation clients and how Probation helped them get on a better pathway with a careful balance of direct human services and research-based deterrents and interventions. See how providing essential supports and bringing resources together helps shape stories of hope and makes us all safer. 

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Accountability can lead to recovery & healing: Anthony’s Story
A Powerful Story of Accountability with Opportunity & Healing

Accountability can lead to recovery & healing: Anthony’s Story

Watch Anthony’s powerful story of how accountability led to his path of recovery and healing.

Riverside County Probation proudly supports clients as they overcome challenges and regain their lives. After years of addiction, homelessness and family estrangement, Anthony was ready to change. He just didn’t know it yet.

It took a little tough love to nudge him in the right direction. Anthony’s daughter called his Probation Officer because she knew that may be the difference in saving her father’s life.

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Around Kern County Highlights Probation’s RAP Program
Ally Soper highlights Kern County Probation Department's solution to address individual needs of youth

Around Kern County Highlights Probation’s RAP Program

You won’t want to miss the final episode of Around Kern County where Ally Soper, Chief Communications Officer, highlights Kern County Probation Department’s solution to address individual needs of youth in their juvenile facilities. Their Re-Entry, ADA, and Programming Unit, also known as RAP, is an evidence-based program designed to set youth up for success after their release.

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Removing Barriers & Bringing Services to the Community: A common-Sense Approach to Working with Justice-Involved Unhoused Individuals
How Placer County Probation is Innovating to Enhance Safety by Increasing Access to Tools, Resources for the Those in Need

In an innovative move to remove barriers for justice-involved people in Placer County, particularly the unhoused and those with transportation barriers, Placer County Probation Department this month unveiled their Probation Outreach Vehicle (POV).

The modified vehicle is a first-of-its-kind mobile probation office, courtroom and assessment center used to better meet the needs of the community and justice-involved people where they are.

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“Wall of Change” Honorees Share their Success Stories at Special Event

On December 1, 2021, twenty-three probationers were honored at the Marin County Civic Center’s Board of Supervisors chamber for positively changing their lives and inspiring others. Each probationer was celebrated on the Marin County Probation Department’s Wall of Change, where personal stories of their transformations are documented in the department’s lobby for all probationers to see. The Wall of Change ceremony was an emotional tribute to the 2020 and 2021 induction classes. The 2020 event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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CPOC Connects: Exchanging Inspired Ideas in Probation

CPOC Connects: Exchanging Inspired Ideas in Probation

CPOC hosted a conversation with seven California Chief Probation Officers on September 24, 2021, to delve into a conversation and exchange information about unique and promising programs in California Probation. The Chiefs highlight how program formation happens, the hurdles that often need to be overcome for new program implementation and why these programs and others like them are so important to increase sustainable safety in our communities by helping justice-involved individuals with a careful balance of services, treatment, accountability and opportunity.

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ICYMI: People on probation cook up new career skills in culinary arts program
Siskiyou County Probation partners with education to help provide job skills for justice-involved individuals

For the full article go to the Siskiyou Daily News

People on probation are getting a crash course in the culinary arts, helping them prepare for new careers in food services.

The program — a collaboration between Siskiyou County Probation and Dunsmuir Adult Education programs — teaches students about types of foods and their health benefits.