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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.

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How one Mom rose to head of probation

Marcia Parsons, bottom left, poses here with her daughter, Julie Lavorato, top left, and her two granddaughters.

From the Salinas Californian

Not many women restart their career in their 40s, but Monterey County Chief Probation Officer Marcia Parsons did. And to her, it really wasn’t a big deal. 

Parsons worked in her early 20s as a probation officer but left to be a stay-at-home mom when she got pregnant with her daughter, Julie Lavorato. 

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How Probation Works to Keep Youth Out of the Justice System

Probation has a proven track record of actively engaging in diversion and successfully working with youth to keep them from entering the justice system or from further involvement in the justice system. As evidenced by the precipitous decline in juvenile arrest rates and juvenile detention rates, as well as the matching decline of youth under probation supervision, probation departments throughout California are choosing to engage and serve youth proactively in the community – successfully diverting thousands of youth out of the juvenile justice system.

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ICYMI: Managing juvenile offenders — the reality behind the rhetoric

By Judge Beverly Wood

From the Marin Independent Journal 

We all have seen many recent headlines about declining juvenile crime, ending juvenile detention, and re-fashioning the juvenile justice system. Those calls to action may be well-intentioned, but they don’t reflect a full understanding of what is involved in maintaining a successful system to serve and protect both our youth and our communities.

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Probation Creating Pathways for Youth

Probation in California has helped lead an evolution of our Juvenile Justice system that has resulted in a historic shift in how we serve youth. 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. That is because Probation is dedicated to finding pathways for youth to thrive in a safe and healthy community. 

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Sacramento Probation: Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism
Sacramento County's collaborative Career Training Partnership Program provides vocational and educational services for clients on probation. And perhaps more importantly, it provides these clients with hope.

Sacramento Probation: Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism

Sacramento County Probation’s Adult Work Project Program (AWP) is designed as an incentives and sanctions based program contributing to restorative justice, community restoration and meaningful pro-social engagement. 

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Mother Lode Juvenile Detention Facility: Two Years Later

From MyMotherLode.com

Sonora, CA — It was two years ago this week that the Mother Lode Regional Juvenile Detention Facility opened, and Clarke Broadcasting requested the latest statistics related to the youth inmate population.

Chief Probation Officer Linda Downey reports that there have been 92 bookings over the past 12 months, 80 from Tuolumne County, seven from Calaveras, three from Amador and two from Mariposa.

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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.

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. 

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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.

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California Probation Chiefs and Pretrial Justice Institute Release First of Its Kind Pretrial Implementation Toolkit

CPOC President Chief Stephanie James

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) announced the release of Effective Pretrial Practices Implementation Toolkit – a first of its kind guideline for California probation departments to implement successful pretrial programs. The toolkit was developed in partnership with the Chief Probation Officers of California and the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI).