CHIEF ERTOLA'S MESSAGE:
The profession of probation has changed greatly since 2009. Due to the early success of SB678 and AB109, Governor Brown has proposed further implementation to increase public safety with The Public Safety and Re-habilitation Act of 2016. In summary, the initiative will allow the courts to judge whether juvenile matters should be heard in adult court. Further, it allows offenders committed to prison to have incentives to avail themselves to rehabilitative opportunities in ex-change for consideration of early re-lease after they have served their base commitment time. On March 18, 2016, CPOC (Chief Probation Officers of California) voted to support the Governor’s initiative. You ask why would CPOC support? If we are serious about reducing local recidivism and lowering prison populations, we must have a system that implements what we know works to change criminal behavior. The critical piece to AB109 that was missing was providing non-violent offenders to turn their lives around while in prison. A continuum of programming and incentives for them to take part in programs in prison, by the time they reach our local communities under our supervision, they will have the groundwork to stop the cycle of offending.
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