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ICYMI: Humboldt County Probation Responds to a Pandemic

It was just days before the July Fourth weekend when Humboldt County Chief Probation Officer Shaun Brenneman got the official word: A handful of California state prison inmates were being released early as COVID-19 continued to tear through state facilities. The released inmates would arrive in a couple days, Brenneman was told, including one who’d tested positive for COVID and another who’d been exposed to the deadly virus.

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Probation Services Week Highlight: Orange County Probation Celebrates First Young Adult Court Graduate

Orange County Probation Chief Steve Sentman and Abraham

On June 26, 2020, Abraham became the first graduate from Orange County Probation’s Young Adult Court, a two-year program that gives first-time felons a second chance.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Maria D. Hernandez wiped clean Abraham’s slate – untethering him from the stain of past mistakes.

The inaugural class consisted of 25 students randomly selected from hundreds of men between the ages of 18 and 23. Those who complete the course are eligible to have their convictions reduced or dismissed.

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Probation Services Week Highlight – Probation Officer Helps Client Overcome Challenges

Probation Services Week Highlight – Probation Officer Helps Client Overcome Challenges

Yolanda, a former client of San Bernardino County Probation, is an uplifting story of transformation and success. 

As a past substance abuser, Yolanda has done things she regrets. Since then, with the help of San Bernardino County Probation and the Drug Court Program, Yolanda has been able to turn her life around.

It was during her time in the intensive Drug Court program that Yolanda finally learned how to be happy, and lead an independent lifestyle free of substance abuse.

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Probation Chiefs Honor Statewide Staff & Officers Who Keep Communities Safe in Celebration of Probation Services Week 2020
Probation Services Week Commemorates the Work of Probation Professionals

Sacramento, CA, July 20, 2020 – This week, the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) announced this year’s annual Probation Services Week, taking place from July 19 – July 25, 2020, to honor probation professionals who work to keep communities safe. Throughout the week, Probation Departments across the state will be showcasing the work Probation does in their counties and how probation officers and probation programs are making a lasting difference in the lives of clients by using an evidence-based and research-backed approach.

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ICYMI: Imperial County celebrates Probation Services Week 2020
Probation Staff Discuss Their Work in the Community

Chief Probation Officer Dan Prince announced this year’s annual Probation Service Week will be taking place from July 19 – July 25, to honor probation professionals who work to keep communities safe. At its July 14 meeting, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved a Proclamation honoring the professionals who work in Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Services, according to a press release.

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Chief Probation Officers Announce Support for the Launch of BSCC’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard
Juvenile Probation Cases Remain Low

Sacramento, CA, July 16, 2020 – The Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) announced today their partnership with the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) and support for a new database being launched by the BSCC that will track reported COVID-19 cases of youth supervised and cared for in juvenile detention facilities.

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In Case You Missed It: Probation Provides a Safety Net for Youth & Adults in Need
California Probation continues to be a leader of change in the justice system across our nation.

Without the teamwork of probation and an unwavering lawyer, Meritsa Sedillo would still be sleeping on hard rubber flooring beneath a play structure in an East Bay elementary schoolyard. As she neared 18, and with no parents or legal guardians, four child welfare social workers saying they could do nothing for her, Meritsa was terrified, alone, and abandoned without hope. 

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Chief Probation Officers Statement: Transfer of the Division of Juvenile Justice to Counties in the State Budget
Evolution of Reform with Probation and Juvenile Justice

Sacramento, CA, June 24, 2020 – The Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) today issued a statement in response to the decisions made in the State Budget on transferring youth under the supervision of the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to counties. This budget has left unclear the lines of responsibility and implementation. CPOC Executive Director Karen Pank issued the following statement:

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Chief Probation Officers Statement: California Probation Different Than the Nation
Rehabilitation & Reform First Approach Resulted in Reduction in Recidivism Rates

Sacramento, CA, June 18, 2020 – David Muhammad, executive director of the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform and Vincent Schiraldi, former commissioner of New York City Probation and co-director of the Columbia Justice Lab authored an opinion editorial in the Los Angeles Times yesterday that highlighted the national challenge probation and parole are facing.

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SPOTLIGHT: Innovation Helps Keep Probation Clients Connected During COVID-19
El Dorado County Probation Innovates to Enhance Supervision and Support Services for Clients While Keeping Communities Safe

El Dorado County Probation, like all probation departments in California, has implemented and expanded the use of telecommunications and technology to ensure that supervised youth and adults have access to the programs and services they need and to continue promoting community safety during the COVID-19 crisis.

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ICYMI: Santa Barbara Probation Enhances Pretrial Services Amid COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Santa Barbara County Probation has made it a priority to quickly escalate its pretrial programming services to address the rapid release of individuals in the community facing mental health challenges, housing insecurity, or who have little support in the community during the shelter-in-place order.

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Probation President Chief Richart’s Statement on Governor’s May Revise Budget Proposal Involving Probation
Probation is a Safety Net of the Justice System and Committed to Keeping Communities Safe

Sacramento, CA, May 14, 2020 – The Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) respond to Governor Gavin Newsom’s overall May Revise budget proposal impacting both adult and juvenile probation including the announcement to realign the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to county probation departments. CPOC President Chief Brian Richart issued the following statements:

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Probation Officers in Riverside Deliver Essential Items to Clients in Need

Probation Officers in Riverside Deliver Essential Items to Clients in Need

Riverside County Probation Officers have been delivering essential and hard to find items to probation clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to help in the overall community health and public safety response, the Riverside Probation Department is working with the Valley Community Pantry in Hemet, CA to help get care packages to probation clients who need them most.  The care packages contain essential items, some items that are hard for anyone to locate in a store during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Probation Chiefs Respond to Newly Released BSCC Data Showing Significant Decreases in Juvenile Detention Populations & Bookings
Juvenile Hall Population Decreased by Nearly One-Third Since February 23; Statewide Bookings Decreased by Nearly 55%

Sacramento, CA, April 27, 2020 – Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) released new data tracking the significant decrease in statewide bookings of juveniles and average daily population inside juvenile halls. Beginning February 23, 2020 through April 12, 2020, the data revealed a drop of 29.67% of the juvenile hall population and a drop of 54.56% of statewide bookings.

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California Leading the Way on Reforms Recommended in the Latest Pew Research Study on National Probation and Parole Policies
California Probation has Long-Adopted Many of the Recommendations in Pew’s Latest Report with Proven Positive Results to Reduce Recidivism Rates

Sacramento, CA, April 23, 2020 – Today, The Pew Charitable Trusts released its new report entitled “Policy Reforms Can Strengthen Community Supervision” that included recommendations for states to enhance evidence-based policies. California probation has long been on the forefront having implemented many of the recommendations over the last decade.