ICYMI: Connections Center is first of its kind in Tulare County, California
From the Visalia Times-Delta
From Sheyanne N Romero at the Visalia Times-Delta
In its simplest form, Connections does this: Helps clients figure out what they want and then helps them accomplish their goals.
ICYMI: The Reporter: Solano’s probation chief tries to put offenders on ‘path to succeed’
Chris Hansen: ‘Custody doesn’t save people. The tough part is being out.’
From Richard Bammer in The Reporter
As Solano County’s chief probation officer, Chris Hansen has long lived by a simple code of service over self, if his considerable resume serves as evidence.
CPOC Releases the Connector!
Quarterly Newsletter to Bring you Highlights of California Probation's Work
Welcome to The Connector!
In this quarterly newsletter, the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) will share stories, articles and highlights of the often unseen work Probation does throughout California to create safer communities through accountability and opportunity.
San Bernardino County Probation Department: Butterfly Wall
Raises Awareness for Cancer, Uplifts Families of Those Impacted
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Chief Probation Officers of California highlights San Bernardino County Probation Department’s butterfly wall. The wall was created to honor staff and their loved ones who have been impacted by cancer. Staff and officers can write their stories on a post-it note which is then taped to the wall in the shape of a butterfly.
Sonoma County Probation Officer Receives APPA’s Line Officer of the Year Award
Ermelinda Miramontes Honored with American Probation and Parole Association's 2021 Scotia Knouff Line Officer of the Year Award
Ermelinda Miramontes, Deputy Probation Officer III from Sonoma County Probation, was honored as a 2021 recipient of the American Probation and Parole Association’s Scotia Knouff Line Officer of the Year Award. As one of the most competitive and prestigious practitioner awards offered by APPA, it honors probation, parole, or community corrections officers who have shown excellence and outstanding performance in their duties while providing hope, help, and accountability to their clients.
ICYMI: Probation brings hygiene kits, resources to reentry and at-risk population
From Inland Empire Community News
In a continued effort to alleviate COVID-19 within the at-risk and reentry population, the San Bernardino County Probation Department distributed another 176 hygiene kits this weekend. Probation Officers also offered housing services and program resources to those in need.
CPOC hosted a conversation with seven California Chief Probation Officers on September 24, 2021, to delve into a conversation and exchange information about unique and promising programs in California Probation. The Chiefs highlight how program formation happens, the hurdles that often need to be overcome for new program implementation and why these programs and others like them are so important to increase sustainable safety in our communities by helping justice-involved individuals with a careful balance of services, treatment, accountability and opportunity.
SACRAMENTO – Governor Newsom announced his appointment of Fresno County Chief Probation Officer Kirk Haynes to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC).
“I am deeply humbled to receive this appointment and recognition from the Governor,” said Haynes. “I believe my experience will be an asset as I serve in this position at the BSCC. I’m excited to begin my term as a member of the board and as a representative of the California probation profession.”
ICYMI: People on probation cook up new career skills in culinary arts program
Siskiyou County Probation partners with education to help provide job skills for justice-involved individuals
For the full article go to the Siskiyou Daily News
People on probation are getting a crash course in the culinary arts, helping them prepare for new careers in food services.
The program — a collaboration between Siskiyou County Probation and Dunsmuir Adult Education programs — teaches students about types of foods and their health benefits.
ICYMI: Juvenile Hall Students Learning Construction Trade Basics
From Sacramento County Office of Education
Read more and watch the video from Sacramento County Office of Education
Construction teacher Jack Maberry closely watches his students as they work to build shelves as part of a class project. His job: part instructor, part motivator.
ICYMI: Sonoma County youth build modular showers and bathrooms for the homeless
From Sonoma County Probation
To read this article in full visit the Sonoma County Gazette
CPOC Highlight: “In Your Corner”: Alameda County Young Adult Opioid Initiative
From Alameda County Probation
The Alameda County Probation Department has launched an opioid initiative striving to connect young adults to the compassionate supervision and accountability they need and provide preventive and rehabilitative services through evidence-based practices and collaborative partnerships.
CPOC Highlight: Marin County Probation’s 9 to 25 Coalition
Works to Create Shared Community Vision for Youth Outcomes
Marin 9 to 25 is a collective impact coalition that organically evolved from the work the Marin County Probation Department is doing with the Youth Reinvestment Grant. The core leadership team and backbone support for the initiative include members of the Board of Supervisors, County Administrator’s Office, Health and Human Services and health advocacy partners Blue Path Health and the list of participating agencies and coalitions continues to grow.
ICYMI: ‘Breaking Barriers’: How a new Merced County program helps people turn their lives around
BY CHIARA ELENA ROMERO
You can read the full article in the Merced Sun-Star
There’s a new effort on the west side of Merced County geared toward helping those who want to get their life back on track.
Sacramento County is one of 16 counties in California that was awarded a Pretrial Pilot Program through the state’s Judicial Council. With resources awarded through this innovative pilot program, the Sacramento County Probation Department (Probation) created a Pretrial unit in 2019.
This Probation Services Week, we honor the life transformations made possible by the opportunity, hope, help and accountability probation provides. We are proud to highlight this story, and hear in the client’s own words how probation’s trained experts successfully manage trauma and other needs of the people they serve by connecting service and need to enhance safety and restoration — creating sustainable safety in the communities we serve.
From The Wave Publication
LOS ANGELES — David had a troubled childhood. His parents, who were both addicted to drugs, abandoned him when he was just 2. With no relatives to take him in and searching for the love and sense of belonging he had never received, David soon found himself falling in with the wrong crowd. Before long, he had joined his newfound friends in committing petty thefts.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Highlight
San Diego County Probation's Interim Chief Probation Officer Cesar Escuro
“I stand on the shoulders of people who helped me along the way.”
That’s Cesar Escuro, San Diego County’s top probation official.
And those shoulders he’s referring to? They belong to his parents, two hardworking Filipinos who, along with Mr. Escuro’s colleagues and friends, helped to guide him on his life journey.
Fred (not using his real name for privacy) had been having many challenges. He was repeatedly in and out of jail for drug use and property crimes. During multiple incarcerations he talked about changing his life and quitting drugs to reunite with his kids, as he had lost custody of his children due to meth use.
Earlier this year, following another arrest, he was released as a part of a Pretrial pilot program under the care and supervision of the Sonoma County Probation Department.