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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.

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California’s Historic Juvenile Justice Evolution
Led by Chief Probation Officers, California has seen a historic shift in how we serve youth referred to our justice system.

Authored by Chief Stephanie James and Chief Allen Nance

California should be proud of the evolution and success in our juvenile justice over the last decade. Led by Chief Probation Officers, along with the state and community-based agencies, California has seen a historic shift in how we serve youth referred to our justice system. California has reduced usage of our local detention facilities by 60% and successfully serve 90% of youth in the juvenile justice system within our communities. 

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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.

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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).

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CPOC Statement on 2019-20 State Budget

SACRAMENTO – Today, Chief Stephanie James, President of the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC), issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom’s State Budget proposal:

 

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Wall of Change: Ceremony

Wall of Change: Ceremony

Explore the stories and perspectives around Marin County Probation’s Wall of Change project. “Ceremony” takes us into the annual recognition event, but allows us to hear transformation stories and perspectives along the way.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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California Probation Chiefs Elect New President, Executive Officers for 2019
San Joaquin County Chief Stephanie James Elected President

SACRAMENTO – The Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) announced their ratified vote to confirm the slate of Executive Officers for 2019 at their quarterly all chief meeting.

The 2019 slate of new executive officers are: President: Chief Stephanie James (San Joaquin County), Vice President: Chief Steve Sentman (Orange County), Secretary: Chief Brian Richart (El Dorado County). 

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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.

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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.

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The Number of Youth in Juvenile Detention in California Has Quietly Plummeted
Major portions of San Diego’s juvenile detention facilities sit empty. And it’s not just San Diego. Falling crime rates, combined with more money for prevention and a changing juvenile justice culture, have virtually emptied California’s juvenile halls.

From the Voice of San Diego

In the past decade, the number of children behind bars decreased so dramatically that in San Diego County – and across the state – juvenile halls and camps stand at unprecedented levels of emptiness.

But the tough-on-crime politicians who built many of those prisons predicted a much different outcome.