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ICYMI: Nearly 40 Fresno County low-level juvenile offenders set free to slow coronavirus spread
By Yesenia Amaro

From The Fresno Bee

Thirty-eight nonviolent juvenile offenders have been released this month from the Fresno County Juvenile Justice Campus to lower the risk of spreading the coronavirus, a probation official confirmed.

Chief Probation Officer Kirk Haynes said the releases followed court orders based on recommendations from the California Judicial Council.

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California Probation Chiefs Statement on Protocols Dedicated to Keeping Probation Clients, Staff and the Community Safe

SACRAMENTO – For the past decade California probation has been on the front lines of innovation changing and influencing the culture and focus of community corrections.  Since the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic, county probation departments have been quickly adopting best practices to protect the health and safety of our probation clients, our staff and the community.

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Chief Probation Officers Dedicated to Keeping Youth Under Supervision Safe During COVID-19 Pandemic
Following County and State Protocols and Taking Additional Measures to Ensure the Health and Safety for Youth and the Community

Sacramento, California, Saturday, March 21, 2020 — The safety and well-being of juvenile and adult clients, staff, and our communities is the top priority of County Probation Departments across the state. Probation Departments are vigilant and working closely with their county administrations, partners in public safety, in-house healthcare providers, County Departments of Public Health, California Health and Human Services Agency (HHS) and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make decisions informed by the latest science-based information.

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A Message from CPOC on COVID 19 Response

CPOC’s top priority is the well-being and safety of our staff, partners, probation departments and probation clients throughout California.

For this reason, we are changing the way we work and how we support California’s 59 Probation Departments due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.

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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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California’s Historic Juvenile Justice Evolution
Led by Chief Probation Officers, California has seen a historic shift in how we serve youth referred to our justice system.

California should be proud of the evolution and success in the juvenile justice over the last decade. Led by Chief Probation Officers, along with the state and community-based agencies, California has seen a historic shift in how we serve youth referred to our justice system. California has reduced usage of local detention facilities by 60% and successfully serves 90% of youth in the juvenile justice system within our communities. 

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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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ICYMI: Probation Chiefs Announce New Proposal that Elevates and Evolves Juvenile Justice
The Elevate Justice Act will raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to encompass all teenagers with an elevated focus on rehabilitation and restorative justice for youth

Last week the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) discussed on KQED-FM radio its new proposal, known as the Elevate Justice Act, that builds from the decade of successful reforms further elevating and evolving the juvenile justice system.

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Judicial Council Report Finds SB 678 Highly Effective in Increasing Evidence-Based Practices
SB 678 Passed in 2009 to Increase Evidence-based Practices in Probation

Sacramento, Calif. – November 8, 2019 – The Judicial Council of California recently found that California Probation Departments have been highly-effective in implementing evidence-based practices while protecting public safety since the implementation of Senate Bill 678. The SB 678 program helped lead to the revamp of California Probation’s practices to adopt more evidence-based, scientifically-supported approaches that have yielded considerable positive results.

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ICYMI: L.A. County Probation Department Recognizes Martha Corbett’s Act of Bravery
Probation Officer Rescues Youth from Oncoming Train

If one were to refer to Los Angeles County Deputy Probation Officer II (DPO II) Martha Corbett as a hero, she would deny it—much like what most heroes do. However, her denial of this title recently bestowed upon her doesn’t change the fact that she helped save the life of a young boy because of her quick thinking and fast action while relying on her extensive training as a probation officer.

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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.