The Criminal Justice Realignment Act of 2011 (AB109) reduced the state prison population and shifted supervision of offenders to the local level to receive evidence based programming through community corrections programs in an effort to improve public safety outcomes (reduce recidivism).
In the spring of 2012 the Yuba County Probation Department utilized AB 109 funds to open a Day Reporting Center (DRC) in an effort to provide an array of direct services to individuals under our supervision along with a projected 150 new mandatory supervision and post release community supervision individuals formerly supervised by state parole. These individuals historically had limited access to local programs and services for various reasons including but not limited to lack of medical insurance, income, transportation, and available programs within the community. The goal of the DRC was to provide centralized services of education, counseling, and training integrated into collaborative supervision to reduce recidivism and provide a track toward success in the community.
Our department's programming has evolved and grown considerably since 2012. In October 2019 we opened the TEAM Center which replaced the DRC. The TEAM Center currently provides Court mandated programs such as 52 week Batterer’s Treatment Program, Anger Management, Substance Abuse Treatment, Parenting, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Second Chance Diploma program, Employment Skills Building, Life Skills, and Mental Health Services. DRC staff networks with local agencies such as Yuba County Health and Human Services (HHS) to assist in providing clients with a one stop location to access health care, housing, and cash aide/food stamps; the Department of Rehabilitation and Yuba County One Stop for employment services; and the Yuba County Office of Education (YCOE) for education services. These programs are held during regular business hours as well as during the evening to accommodate the schedules of participants. Other services provided include a clothing closet for those in need of general clothing or for those in need of attire appropriate for job interviews. Incentives such as gift cards, certificates, and bus passes are provided as a positive reward for attendance and success. Several volunteers from the community provide support at the TEAM Center in the form of pro social activities such as cooking programs, gardening, and art classes.
A formal graduation ceremony is held for those who have completed various aspects of the program such as Tracks to Success, Substance Abuse Treatment, or obtaining a Diploma. These ceremonies include a guest speaker and allow for participant's family members to show support and congratulate them for their success.
Our department collaborates with the Sutter County Probation Department and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on a quarterly basis to put on a "One Stop Shop" event at the Yuba County Government Center for supervised individuals. This event includes a guest speaker and various local community based organizations and government agencies ready to assist individuals with services such as child support; substance abuse; mental health; employment; housing; legal assistance; and healthcare.