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Mother Lode Juvenile Detention Facility: Two Years Later

From MyMotherLode.com

Sonora, CA — It was two years ago this week that the Mother Lode Regional Juvenile Detention Facility opened, and Clarke Broadcasting requested the latest statistics related to the youth inmate population.

Chief Probation Officer Linda Downey reports that there have been 92 bookings over the past 12 months, 80 from Tuolumne County, seven from Calaveras, three from Amador and two from Mariposa.


Sacramento County Probation Creates First-of-its-Kind Program for Youth
Sacramento Probation's multi-sensory de-escalation room increases safety for youth

Sacramento County’s multi-sensory de-escalation room is the first of its kind in a juvenile detention facility in the United States. This innovation creates a safe, trauma-informed environment that allows residents to de-escalate without use of force or an isolation room, which helps prevent violence and increases safety. This program is a 2018 California Association of Counties (CSAC) Challenge Award-winning program. CSAC Challenge Awards spotlight the most innovative programs in California Counties.


California Probation Chiefs and Pretrial Justice Institute Release First of Its Kind Pretrial Implementation Toolkit

CPOC President Chief Stephanie James

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) announced the release of Effective Pretrial Practices Implementation Toolkit – a first of its kind guideline for California probation departments to implement successful pretrial programs. The toolkit was developed in partnership with the Chief Probation Officers of California and the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI).


Wall of Change: Framing Change

Wall of Change: Framing Change

Explore the stories and perspectives around Marin County Probation’s Wall of Change project. “Framing Change” is a glimpse into the creation of a Wall of Change frame, and the stories of how individuals, through various methods of support, have transformed their lives.



Marin’s Wall of Change ceremony celebrates probationers’ success

From Marin Independent Journal 

At age 11, San Rafael resident Tylor Bruns started drinking. A year later he started taking pills. By age 20, Bruns was regularly shooting heroin.

“The only time I was able to stop using was when I was in handcuffs,” said Bruns, 26, one of 14 probationers honored Wednesday at the Civic Center in San Rafael and inducted into the probation department’s Wall of Change.


Inyo County Probation Receives Honors from CSAC
Inyo County’s Juvenile Services Redesign Initiative Receives Recognition & Award

From Sierra Wave Media

Inyo County Probation Department and Health & Human Services staff members are getting some well-deserved time in the spotlight as part of a state organization’s efforts to highlight the best practices of California counties.

Through a series of videos, the California Association of Counties (CSAC) is highlighting recipients of its annual Challenge Awards, including Inyo County’s Juvenile Services Redesign initiative.


Former San Bernardino Probation Client Shares Success Story

Former San Bernardino Probation Client Shares Success Story

Former San Bernardino County Probation client John Mata shares how Probation’s drug diversion program helped him get through the addiction cycle.

John also discusses how a San Bernardino County Probation officer gave him the needed resources and motivation to help him change.

Watch this video to see how John found direction in his life and created his own success story.



Governor Brown Signs Transitional Age Youth Pilot Program Legislation Relying on Mounting Brain Research of Treatment Options for Youthful Offenders Age 18-21

SACRAMENTO – This weekend, Governor Brown signed into law SB 1106 authored by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), and supported by the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC), which will expand the Transitional Age Youth pilot program passed in 2016 that allows for specific counties to operate a deferred entry of judgment pilot program for eligible defendants aged 18-21.


Solano Probation’s Center for Positive Change Graduates 71

With joy and tears Tuesday, 71 people described as “high-risk offenders” were honored for completing a rigorous program slated to help make their transition back into the community successful.

Gathered in the Solano County Events Center in Fairfield, the students of the Center for Positive Change, run by the county’s probation department, happily acknowledged an audience full of loved ones as they received their certificates from the program’s 2018 completion ceremony.

Some shared their stories, others celebrated in silence as they pondered the bright future ahead.


Congratulations to CSAC Challenge Award Recipients
Inyo, Shasta & Sacramento Counties Receive Top Honors in Administration of Justice Category

The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) announced the recipients of their 2018 Challenge Awards that spotlight the most innovative programs developed and implemented by California Counties.

In the Administration of Justice category, top awards went to Inyo, Shasta and Sacramento Counties for their innovative and effective programs.


Probation Services Week 2018
HIGHLIGHT: Sacramento County Probation Break Away Bike Program

The Sacramento Probation Department knew they needed to address an important issue to help clients succeed in Sacramento’s Adult Drug Court – transportation.  

Transportation is a critical issue for those re-entering society to be successful.  

The Sacramento Probation Department created the Break Away Bike Program to address Adult Drug Court program participants who, upon release from custody, have no means of transportation to attend required treatment sessions and Court appearances.