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County Probation Department Providing Mobile Services

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From the Contra Costa County Probation Department:

Contra Costa County’s Probation Department launched one of the first comprehensive mobile probation services programs in the state. The program will enable the Department to provide pretrial services, conduct client interviews and better engage with the community.

In May 2022, through a partnership with Contra Costa Superior Court, the Probation Department purchased three sprinter-style recreation vans that serve as mobile offices for our Probation and Pretrial Services programs and enhance the Department’s community outreach efforts.

Vans are equipped with fully functioning workstations, allowing deputy probation officers the ability to deliver services traditionally conducted in an office setting. On weekdays, one of the vans is stationed in front of the A.F. Bray Court Building in downtown Martinez, providing clients the opportunity to check in with probation personnel immediately following their court appearance.

This innovative approach eliminates clients’ need to travel to their local probation office to satisfy a court requirement or receive needed services. Mobile service delivery can potentially engage clients effectively and efficiently, saving them money, time, and other resources.

“Delivering services in the community allows Probation to better engage with clients, which reduces barriers and ultimately increases their chances for success,” said Chief Probation Officer Esa Ehmen-Krause.

Providing mobile services also upholds the Probation Department’s commitment to robust community engagement. The vans have quickly become a recognized presence at community events, allowing probation personnel to partner with community-based organizations and provide care packages to the people we serve. Additionally, Probation can provide services in real-time to clients who face hardships navigating the justice system and accessing community resources.

Probation is also planning outreach to the County’s unsheltered residents and those facing housing instability, visiting clients at their locations to provide a multitude of services.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Soft on crime BS. If you’re on probation, it should be hard on you, if for no other reason to keep you the heck off probation next time around. I don’t want to see these vans at “community events.” They’re on probation, not running for Miss Congeniality.

  2. I think this is worth a try, no one wins when folks go from probation back to incarceration. Probation should be strict, but not hard as time has already been served.

    • Probation is often an alternative to jail, which means they haven’t served any time. Probation should be hard the same way jail and prison should be hard. “Back to incarceration” would make sense if they were on parole, not probation.

  3. Worth a try. Do you want them to fail or succeed in following the rules of probation? Even if you hate these people, it is effing cost-ineffective to jail them all, not to mention morally questionable. YOU CANNOT BUILD A CHEAP ENOUGH PRISON TO SATISFY YOUR FEAR AND LOATHING. It will not pass legal muster, and you are in the minority on this issue.

    • I want them to succeed but put some effort into it. You should report to probation the same way you report to work, school, etc. ONE designated location. You either get it or you don’t. Soft on crime progressives are the minority in this country. It is NOT “morally questionable” to put someone in jail who committed a CRIME. Get real. If you don’t want to be in probation, OBEY THE LAW! The rest of us do.

      • “Soft on crime progressives are the minority in this country”, you say.” I say true!
        But, Diana Becton and other DAs working to change the status quo were not elected by a minority of voters.

        “Soft on crime progressives” is a bumper sticker. It is propaganda.

        Elections are won by majorities. Progressives, and the public generally, are not soft on crime. We just want to charge criminals in a more equitable fashion, and getting that right is tricky, however, the wheels of justice don’t have to grind perfectly as long as tomorrow is better than yesterday. That is forward. That is progress.

        That may not conform to your view of things, but your view appears to be in the minority at present.

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