SPOTLIGHT: Sierra County Probation Helps Seniors During Pandemic
Sierra County Probation Delivered Daily Meals to Vulnerable Members of the Community
Sierra County Probation took it upon themselves to go above and beyond to help their community during the heart of the stressful COVID-19 pandemic.
After eight years, it’s finally time for a shovel to hit the ground in the construction of the Tri-County Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility. Construction began on Tuesday, according to Yuba County Director of Administrative Services Perminder Bains.
The project is estimated to be completed in July 2022 and occupied by September 2022.
ICYMI: ‘Second chance’: Court Program Offers Treatment Over Jail Time For Veterans With Criminal Cases
By Evan Tuchinsky
Thursday and Friday mornings, like clockwork, Randy Cook heads to Five Mile Recreation Area in Bidwell Park to connect with fellow veterans. Cook served in the U.S. Marine Corps Special Forces during the Vietnam War, arriving he was 17 and facing combat as soon as he turned 18; now 68, he still faces demons from those dark days.
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.
Eight current and former youths in custody in San Benito County Juvenile Hall were celebrated on Jan. 8 in a virtual graduation ceremony for a new program called Believe to Achieve, which teaches participants about goals, responsibility and accountability. Half of the residents remain in juvenile hall, while the others completed the program upon release.
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.
A Riverside County probation officer was given the Chief Probation Officers of California 2020 Award of Excellence for his work educating county youths.
The Riverside County Probation Department said the award is given to a probation employee who has made significant contributions to the profession in the year prior.
From the Merced County Times.
For someone like Kelly Turner, a fulfilling life is being wide awake at 5:30 a.m. for the drive to Los Banos where a troubled young man is in need of a ride to court.
It’s a 19-hour Saturday for a field trip to Folsom Prison where a group of teens experience a heartfelt and emotional intervention program and then a decompression dinner in Sacramento.
Sacramento, CA, January 8, 2021 – The Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) President Chief Steve Sentman issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget.
On December 17, 2020, the Santa Barbara County Probation Department, in collaboration with the Office of the District Attorney, Victim Services Division, conducted county-wide wellness checks on active probation clients. The operation specifically focused on probationers where it was determined there were children, victims, or vulnerable adults in the home. These cases included but were not limited to domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, family violence, and where there was a child likely residing in the home.
From The Press-Democrat.
Ken Gnoss, the former police office and criminal prosecutor who in 2005 became a Sonoma County judge, is what I’ve long considered to be an exceptionally good guy.
Members of the state Chief Probation Officers of California heartily agree.
Press Release: Exemplary Adult and Juvenile Justice System Leaders Recognized for Contribution to their Community at Chief Probation Officers of California Ceremony
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – December 3, 2020 – Exemplary adult and juvenile justice system leaders throughout California were recognized for their community contributions with awards from the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC). Awardees were celebrated for their dedication to the rehabilitation of adults and youth working to live independent, healthy lives away from the criminal justice system.
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.
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.
As a life-long professional in community corrections, I have seen firsthand how California’s current bail system is often unfair, costly, and doesn’t prioritize protecting public safety. We have a chance to change that on our November ballots by voting Yes on Proposition 25. A yes vote on Proposition 25 simply means a vote to uphold the well-balanced and thoughtful legislation, Senate Bill 10, passed by the State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Brown in 2018.
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.
From the Ventura County Star.
A “yes” vote on Proposition 25 would allow legislation eliminating money bail to move forward in the state and replace it with a system that assesses an arrested person’s flight risk and potential to commit more crime.
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.
California counties face time crunch after juvenile justice realignment from state
By Rachel Looker, National Association of Counties
Juvenile justice services realignment in California
has created added responsibility for counties with only a
short amount of time.
How California ultimately decides to transform juvenile justice will have long-term impacts on families and communities for generations – this transformation will influence whether young adults sink deeper into the criminal justice system or rehabilitate into independent individuals.