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ICYMI: Santa Barbara Probation Conducts Wellness Checks in “Operation Safe at Home”

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.

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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.

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Highlight — Veterans Overcome Challenges With San Bernardino Veterans Treatment Court

Highlight — Veterans Overcome Challenges With San Bernardino Veterans Treatment Court

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. 

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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.

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Yes on Proposition 25
By Tanja Heitman

Chief Probation Officer Tanja Heitman

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.

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Two Local Veterans Graduated from Butte County Veterans Treatment Court

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.

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Probation Officers in San Bernardino County Develop Homeless Outreach Unit

Probation Officers in San Bernardino County Develop Homeless Outreach Unit

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.

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ICYMI: Taking a Different Approach to Transforming Young Lives
Coastal Valley Academy in San Luis Obispo County Reflects New Ways of Helping Youth

ICYMI: Taking a Different Approach to Transforming Young Lives

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Juvenile Justice in California has evolved – moving away from a more punitive model of the 1990’s and implementing a trauma-informed model that focuses on whole-person and family care and services.  This evolution has been informed by science, research and evidence as the proven way to help youth onto healthier pathways and enhance community safety. 

The Coastal Valley Academy in San Luis Obispo County is a perfect example of this evolution and how San Luis Obispo County Probation transformed a physical space to better reflec

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ICYMI: Elevate Justice Act Will Help More Youth

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Chief Probation Officers of California: Elevate Justice Act Will Help All Teenagers to Receive the Supports & Services Needed for Change

Sacramento, CA – August 14, 2020 – The Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) support the Elevate Justice Act (EJA) that would raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 20th birthday; allowing 18 and 19 year olds the benefits of rehabilitation, mental health and counseling services.

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Chief Probation Officers Statement: Regarding Out of State Juvenile Placements

Sacramento, CA, July 30, 2020 – California Probation prioritizes keeping youth in their communities first and foremost with 90% of all youth under probation’s supervision served in the community. Out of state placements primarily occur when all other options are unavailable and there are no appropriate or available short-term residential treatment programs to address the acute needs of the youth who are ordered by the court into foster care.