CPOC President Statement on Governor’s Budget Proposal and DJJ Closure Date


Sacramento, CA, January 8, 2021 – The Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) President Chief Steve Sentman issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget. 

“We appreciate the recognition in the Governor’s budget of the role Probation has in the
justice system in taking reforms from a vision to a reality. When we focus on alternatives
to incarceration with appropriate and intentional resources - focused on helping adults
and juveniles transform and leave the system forever – everyone wins. While this budget
proposal is a good first step, we look forward to working with the Governor and the
Legislature to provide appropriate services to effectively elevate justice for all.”

Statement regarding the closure date of Division of Juvenile Justice:

“We are concerned to see that contrary to the commitment made last year, the closure of DJJ by June 30, 2023 negatively impacts our ability to be ready to serve those youth who have the
highest-needs and most trauma. We stand prepared to work closely with the state and all
partners to minimize disruption for youth and establish the best programming and environment
to help our youth transform and ultimately leave the system permanently.”

Media Contact:  Laura Dixon laura@cpoc.org 510-384-3020