Budget Cuts Affect Probation Department

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY-

There are nearly 20,000 probationers in Sacramento County and there’s no way the Probation Department can
monitor every single one of them.

Due to budget cuts, thousands are going unsupervised.

The chief of the department told FOX40 Tuesday that budget cuts that began in 2008 severely reduced the department’s ability to supervise offenders in the community.

“That creates a problem. There’s a lot of guys that are not watched,that need to be supervised and watched”  one probation officer told FOX40.

The department lost hundreds of probation officers due to budget cuts from 2009-2009 and got a new case load.

In 2011, the Governor’s prison realignment program kicked in. Nearly 2,000 non-violent parolees left overcrowded prisons and came back to Sacramento to be monitored by the probation department in addition to probationers.

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