Tuesday, August 9, 2011
SAN DIEGO Under a new state law called "Criminal Justice Realignment," San Diego County’s Probation Departments will take over the job of handling parolees when they leave state prison. The change goes into effect in October.
Chief Probation Officer Mack Jenkins says the new office opening in Chula Vista will help the department deal with this extra responsibility. However, he says the main advantage will be that the new building, which is larger then their old office in National City, will have room to handle juvenile offenders as well as adults.
Previously, more than a thousand juvenile offenders in south San Diego had to travel up to Kearney Mesa to check in with their probation officers.
"We look for every opportunity to work with kids in the environment where they had their problems, so we want to match them to services that are local and close to their home," he said, "Plus, when we do accept responsibility for supervising the realigned population, this office will be very well optimized for that."
Jenkins said the number of juvenile parolees county wide has actually dropped recently from more than 5,000 to about 4,800. He did not offer figures on how many parolees the department will be responsible for supervising when the state realignment happens this fall.
San Diego County’s Probation office also supervises 17,000 adults.