What We Do
With a budget of about $19.9 million and a staff of about 155 full-time employees, the County of San Luis Obispo Probation Department contributes to the safety of the community. It conducts investigations for the Court, enforces orders of the Courts through community supervision and assisting victims, while also operating a safe and secure juvenile hall and facilitating the socialization of offenders.
The Adult Division is responsible for the supervision of more than 2,500 probationers, which includes sex offenders, drug users, gang members and mentally ill probationers. Meanwhile, the Juvenile Division is responsible for nearly 300 youth on probation while also working in schools and other sites to prevent at-risk youth from ending up on probation.
What We Did in 2014
Increasing Effectiveness of Probation Services
The Probation Department led several successful projects in 2014, including the County’s Juvenile Hall Improvement Project and the collections case management system replacement.
In October 2014, the County celebrated the groundbreaking of the Juvenile Hall Facility Improvement Project, which will provide additional space to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of staff charged with the safety and security of detained minors.
This project includes 6,000 square feet of detention rooms with 20 additional beds, bringing the total facility holding capacity to 65 minors, as well as new staff locker rooms and office areas.
“Our goal is not to lock youth up, but if we have to, our goal is to provide a safe, nurturing environment where the needs of the youth will be met,” said Chief Probation Officer Jim Salio.
The current facility has the capacity to hold 45 minors arrested by law enforcement and deputy probation officers, and the Probation Department determines whether or not they will be temporarily detained pending a hearing before the Juvenile Court. Minors detained at Juvenile Hall are cared for by juvenile service officers, counselors, nurses and teachers.
The new Juvenile Hall facility will offer:
• 20 single occupancy sleeping rooms
• 3 classrooms
• 1 mental health treatment office
• 2 interview/counseling rooms
• 1 indoor large muscle exercise, multipurpose gymnasium
• Staff locker rooms and offices
• 1 training/conference room
While that project is underway, the Probation Department is also replacing its outdated collection case management system. The department is responsible for the collection and disbursement of court-ordered fines and fees, and restitution to victims. By the end of FY 2013-14, we had collected $2,696,700 and spent $1,041,168 to collect this money. This equates to a cost of $0.39 for every dollar collected.
With this new case management system, probation’s costs to collect fines, fees and restitution to victims will decrease and the efficiency of the department’s Revenue Recovery Unit will increase. The Probation Department is also replacing its outdated collection case management system. The department is responsible for the collection and disbursement of court-ordered fines and fees, and restitution to victims. By the end of FY 2013-14, the department had collected $2,696,700 and spent $1,041,168 to collect this money. This equates to a cost of $0.39 for every dollar collected.