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Press Release: California’s First Probation Best Practices Research Institute Announced Today
California Probation Resource Institute Will Partner with Respected Academics and Experts to Examine Reforms, Probation Practices and Programs

Sacramento, CA, August 15, 2019 – Today, the new California Probation Resource Institute (CaPRI) launched as the first ever research institute dedicated to analyzing California probation practices, reforms and approaches. The Institute will fill the current lack of cumulative data and analysis about California probation’s approach as most reports focus on national data which does not always take into account the unique factors of California’s system.

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Probation Chiefs Commend Governor Newsom and Chief Justice for Leadership in Efforts to Build a Safer and More Fair System For All
Pretrial Reform Pilot Programs Awarded Today Over $72 Million for 16 Counties; Funding aimed at implementing evidence-based reforms focused on rehabilitation & the safety of communities

Sacramento, CA, August 9, 2019 – Pretrial reforms are one step closer to becoming an integral part of the justice system today as the Judicial Council of California voted to award  funding for 16 County Superior Courts for Pretrial Pilot Programs. In January 2019 the Chief Justice appointed the Pretrial Reform and Operations Workgroup to consider plans to award funding for Pretrial Services as part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2019-2020 budget that allocated $75 million.

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Probation is About More Than Punishment
Probation Services Week – a nationally recognized time to celebrate the work done by probation, parole and community supervision professionals.

Siskiyou County Probation officers are finding new and creative ways to make sure offenders and youth are getting the help and services they need, said Chief of Probation Allison Giannini.

Many changes have occurred in the county’s probation department over the last couple years. The Charlie Byrd Youth Corrections Center was converted to the Juvenile Day Reporting Center and Day Reporting School in 2018.

The school now operates year round. Yreka High School counselors refer some students for credit recovery.

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National Report Points to Successes in California Reform
California Stands Out with Prison Revocation Reforms that Lead to Better Outcomes According to New National Report

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center released a national report—which shows significant progress has been made in California on the number of offenders returning to prison while on probation supervision. The report points out that the State of California stands above the rest with rates lower than the nationwide average.

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ICYMI: Solano Probation’s Center for Positive Change Celebrates 71 Graduates

With joy and tears, 71 people were honored for completing a rigorous rehabilitation program slated to help make their transition back into the community successful.

Gathered in the Solano County Events Center in Fairfield, the students of the Center for Positive Change, run by Solano County’s Probation Department, happily acknowledged an audience full of loved ones as they received their certificates from the program’s completion ceremony.

Some shared their stories, others celebrated in silence as they pondered the bright future ahead.

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San Bernardino Celebrates Probation Services Week 2019 with Officer Awards

San Bernardino celebrated Probation Services Week at their 5th Annual Probation Connection event.  This event offers training, break-out sessions, team building activities, and an employee recognition awards. The awards highlight the work of their officers and staff and the impact they have had on the clients they serve and the advancement of the probation mission. Below are the award recipients of those who have been recognized this year: 

 

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Spotlight: Meet Rosemarie Salazar
From Juvenile Detention to Business Owner and Mother of Three

Probation is a unique bridge between the community and justice with many different stories to share.

Rosemarie Salazar was on probation in San Bernardino County as a youth. Years later she still remembers the Group Counselors, now known as Probation Officers whose mentorship helped get her life back on track. Probation is a unique bridge that connects high needs youth with the trained experts in probation to help individuals like Rosemarie get the skills they need to build a bridge back to the community and live healthy and positive lives.

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Press Release
Key Findings in New California Department of Justice Report: Crime Rates are Down, and Number of Adults on Probation at a Thirty-Year Low

Sacramento, CA, July 5, 2019 – The California Attorney General Criminal Department of Justice Statistics Center released a report—Crime in California—that shows noteworthy progress has been made in California in regards to probation. The number of adult and juvenile arrest numbers in 2018 has significantly decreased and are at all-time lows. The report also points out that the overall crime rates throughout the state have decreased.

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ICYMI: Riverside Probation: The Inspire Project
Research indicates the quality of the officer-client relationship is one of the largest predictors to success

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

The Inspire Project at the Riverside County Probation Department is designed to shine a positive light on clients who successfully terminate probation and have positively addressed rehabilitation goals. Inspire Project clients are those that while on probation, have completely changed their way of life and have consistently maintained a healthier lifestyle. This project also recognizes staff who are investing in them.

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California Stands Out with Prison Revocation Reforms that Lead to Better Outcomes According to New National Report

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center released a national report—which shows significant progress has been made in California on the number of offenders returning to prison while on probation supervision. The report points out that the State of California stands above the rest with rates lower than the nationwide average.

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ICYMI: Marin’s Wall of Change ceremony celebrates probationers’ success

From Marin Independent Journal 

At age 11, San Rafael resident Tylor Bruns started drinking. A year later he started taking pills. By age 20, Bruns was regularly shooting heroin.

“The only time I was able to stop using was when I was in handcuffs,” said Bruns, 26, one of 14 probationers honored Wednesday at the Civic Center in San Rafael and inducted into the probation department’s Wall of Change.

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Tuolumne County Grand Jury heaps praise on juvenile hall staff, volunteers, programs

Youth at whiteboard in classroom

From The Union Democrat 

The Mother Lode Regional Juvenile Detention Facility received a glowing review from the 2018-19 Tuolumne County Civil Grand Jury in a new report.

The jury didn’t have anything negative to say about $20 million facility that started housing incarcerated youth in April 2017. According to the 10-page report, recidivism among young offenders in the county has dropped from 49 percent to 19 percent since the hall opened.

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ICYMI: Sacramento County Probation Creates First-of-its-Kind Program for Youth
Sacramento Probation's multi-sensory de-escalation room increases safety for youth

Sacramento County’s multi-sensory de-escalation room is the first of its kind in a juvenile detention facility in the United States. This innovation creates a safe, trauma-informed environment that allows residents to de-escalate without use of force or an isolation room, which helps prevent violence and increases safety. This program is a 2018 California Association of Counties (CSAC) Challenge Award-winning program. CSAC Challenge Awards spotlight the most innovative programs in California Counties.