News

Post

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.

Post

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.

Post

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.

Post

Probation Officer Recognized for Saving Life

Deputy Probation Officer recognized for saving the life of a young man threatening suicide

Sutter County Deputy Probation Officer Amy Depew was recognized by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors on September 24, for an act of heroism. 

In early August of 2019, in the evening hours and while off-duty, Officer Depew received a call from police officers concerning an 18-year-old young man who was threatening to jump from a bridge.  He was also holding a knife against his stomach. 

Despite their best efforts, the police officers were unable to talk the man down from the bridge.

Post

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.

Post

Video: What is California Probation?

Video: What is California Probation?

What is Probation?

The answer can differ greatly from state to state however probation in California has evolved to become one of the leaders in the use of evidence-based practices to help implement positive behavior change. Watch this video to find out more about how California Probation is Leading The Change in policy and in the lives of our clients.

 

Post

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.

Post

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.

Post

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.

Post

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.

Post

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.

Post

Celebrating Probation Services Week
San Bernardino Probation Acknowledges Officers & Staff with 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: 

 

Post

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: 

 

Post

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.

Authored by Chief Stephanie James and Chief Allen Nance

California should be proud of the evolution and success in our 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 our local detention facilities by 60% and successfully serve 90% of youth in the juvenile justice system within our communities.