CPOC Announces Award 7/31/13

American Probation and Parole Association’s Prestigious President’s Award Presented to the San Francisco Adult Probation Department

The Chief Probation Officers of California are pleased to announce that the San Francisco Adult Probation Department was honored yesterday with the American Probation and Parole Association’s prestigious President’s Award during its Annual Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. The President’s Award recognizes exemplary community corrections programs which serve to advance the knowledge, effectiveness and integrity of the criminal justice system.

The San Francisco Adult Probation Department (SFAPD) protects public safety by implementing evidence-based probation supervision in order to reduce recidivism or re-offense rates. The SFAPD launched an 18,000 square foot Reentry Community Assessment and Services Center, a one-stop services center that co-locates SFAPD’s probation supervision with wrap around support provided by Leaders in Community Alternatives, Inc. and other vital public and community based partners. The SFAPD also partnered with the Sheriff’s Department and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to return inmates 60 days prior to completion of their prison sentence back to the local reentry pod inside the jail to provide individualized reentry services, education, parenting, housing, employment, substance abuse treatment and other services to improve their chances of a successful transition back into society.

Chief Adult Probation Officer Wendy S. Still stated, “Post realignment, it is critical to public safety for counties to integrate new, innovative criminal justice strategies that break the intergenerational cycle of incarceration, shifting from the archaic criminal justice paradigm that operates in a silo, is overly reliant on costly incarceration, and based on ineffective criminal justice strategies which yields failure and recidivism rates as high as 75 percent.”

California’s adult probation system has changed dramatically over the last few years with substantial new responsibilities being placed upon the local probation system under AB 109. “Our departments, and specifically our staff, have weathered these changes, adopted new and evidenced-based practices that reduce recidivism and improve public safety during a time of significant reforms. CPOC is proud to have one of our own recognized nationally,” stated CPOC President Mack Jenkins, Chief Probation Officer of San Diego County. www.cpoc.org