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.
Governor Gavin Newsom Appoints Kings County Probation Chief Kelly Zuniga to the Board of State and Community Corrections
Sacramento, CA, August 20, 2020 – On August 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced his appointment of Kings County Chief Probation Officer Kelly Zuniga to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC).
ICYMI: Taking a Different Approach to Transforming Young Lives
Coastal Valley Academy in San Luis Obispo County Reflects New Ways of Helping Youth
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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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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.
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.
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.
Soon, 96 Probation officers and staff from the Los Angeles County Probation Department will be receiving the Department’s Medal of Merit for their bravery in assisting with the evacuation of youth from the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall (BJNJH) and Camp Joseph Scott during last year’s fire season.
The Los Angeles County Probation Department will be awarding a Medal of Valor to Deputy Probation Officer Martha Corbett for her part in rescuing an 11-year-old boy who was standing too close to train tracks last October.
Deputy Probation Officer Martha Corbett a probation liaison with the city of Norwalk was visiting a middle school last Oct. 3 when school officials were alerted that the boy had run away from the school and was standing close to nearby train tracks, according to the probation department.
Probation Services Week Highlight: ICYMI Ten Reasons Why We Should Observe Probation Services Week
Restoring Trust & Creating Hope
Sierra Wave Media: Ten Reasons Why We Should Observe Probation Services Week
Restoring Trust and Creating Hope!
Probation Services Week is a time to recognize and celebrate the dedicated and caring individuals in Inyo County who work tirelessly to make our neighborhoods safer and more vibrant places to live.
These professionals are in our communities each and every day to assist juvenile and adult offenders in becoming better citizens and live productive lives.
The Alameda County Probation Department is partnering with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to implement a two-year adult re-entry program called Redesigning the Pathways Home: A Pilot to Positive Re-entry (Pathways Home).
The purpose of this program is for Alameda Probation and CDCR to strengthen their services to better assist individuals transitioning from state prisons to community supervision.
Counties throughout California have joined the ranks of Californians acknowledging the vital work of Probation throughout California during Probation Services Week 2020!
Above is a sampling of some of the resolutions passed by Boards of Supervisors throughout California commemorating the week and the work Probation does to keep communities safe by helping probation clients with rehabilitation services, supports and evidence-based supervision.
Probation Services Week Highlight: Probation Officer Martinez Shines During Curbside Wellness Checks
Throughout the Covid-19 shelter-in-place, Santa Cruz County Probation has had staff members step up to take on more work and help wherever they can.
One of their staff, Probation Officer Andrew Martinez, has really stood out as a hero. He and other staff members have been conducting “curbside wellness checks” with youth who are on their caseloads.
Probation Services Week Highlight: Alameda Probation Awarded Grants to provide Career Opportunities for Youth
In 2019, the Alameda probation department was awarded grant money to help youth develop tangible employment skills. Through two grants, Building Futures, and Steam Ahead,
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.
Probation Services Week Highlight: Orange County Probation Celebrates First Young Adult Court Graduate
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.