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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 5B If you have ever wondered what the Plumas County Probation Department does within the criminal justice system, prepare to be enlightened. If you have never wondered (or cared for that matter), then maybe this column will serve as a little light reading during your lunch break at work. Either way, I hope it serves its purpose. Anyway, I was recently asked to write something about Probation. The person that asked heard me explain it verbally and suggested that others would like to know as well. So, here I am answering that same question for all of Plumas County. The Probation Department has a very unique function in the world of criminal justice. Actually, the criminal justice System would have a very difficult time functioning without the Probation Department. The California Courts website says this: "Probation is a judicially imposed suspension of sentence that attempts to supervise, treat, and rehabilitate offenders while they remain in the community under the supervision of the county probation department. It is a linchpin of the criminal justice system." That is a very good bare-bones definition of what Probation is and its function within the criminal justice system. Let me give an example that explains it situationally. If an adult is arrested for a felony crime, the California Penal Code basically states that they are exposed to a CHIEF CHRONICLES CLINT ARMITAGE Chief Probation Officer prison sentence. Now, there are a lot of ins and outs that I won't be explaining in today's column, but that is the basic concept. You commit a felony and you go to prison. But, as government leaders are learning (we are a little slow on the uptake sometimes), prison is not always the answer. And the reality is, most people that go to prison will get released. There are very few that go to prison forever. Knowing that, we have to put something in place that works on changing the person rather than always placing them in a revolving door to and from a penitentiary. That is where Probation enters the scenario. I don't want anyone to misunderstand; there are some people that need to go to prison. In my opinion, dangerous or violent felons need to go to prison. Additionally, there are "career criminals" that need to go to prison. Those are people who cannot function safely within the community because they continuously commit crimes no matter what assistance you give them. Cooler temperatures do not mean fire sea son is over in Plumas County As the days become shorter and the morning temperatures get cooler, the Plumas County Fire Safe Council reminds residents that the region is still in the height of fire season. Fire safety means i remaining vigilant and . using extreme caution to : avoid igniting a wildfire. : Due to years of dry i conditions, all small diameter fuels such as i needles, grasses, small twigs , and bushes -- also known as ', fine fuels -- are extremely flammable. i Fine fuels are the primary i driver of fire intensity and , largely determine how fast a i fire spreads. During the : next two months, the fall :winds will intensify and , they will further dry these 'l fuels. To learn more about fire I safety, the FSC holds I monthly meeting at the Plumas County Planning and Building Services office, located at 555 Main Street in Quincy. The next meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 10, from 9 to 11 a.m. The FSC is a coalition of local residents, representatives from private industrial forest companies, local businesses, fire departments, and representatives of local, state and federal government agencies. The public is also welcome. 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Local References Call 650-212-0001 and ask for Terry Anderlini or Chris Andersen tanderlini@amlawffice'cm candersen@amlawffice'cm On the other hand, there are also people who have committed crimes that just need some strict rules, a close eye and counseling or treatment to help them succeed. Probation is that catalyst for providing the appropriate level of response on a case-by-case basis. I am going to give you my opinion on how a properly functioning Probation Department should work. I believe that there should be a perfect balance between enforcement and rehabilitation, with a large emphasis on public safety. My probation mantra is "no more victims." It is a simple concept that I wholeheartedly believe in. I believe in it 100 percent. If you have ever been a victim of a crime you know exactly what I am talking about. It doesn't matter if your car was stolen, your home was burglarized or you were assaulted; once you are a victim, the emotional impact of the crime lasts much longer than the amount of time the criminal actually spends in jail. For example, if you have ever been a victim of residential burglary you know that it feels like -- you have been intimately violated by a stranger. They entered groundwork for "no more orders is a necessary your private domain with victims." component to probation your private things and your In our role, probation work. Probation enforcement home never really feels as officers must wear two hats actually creates a more safe as it used to. That is why as we supervise probationers restrictive list of boundaries I am adamant about making in the community: one as a for probationers. Remember, sure that there are literally law enforcement officer and they are supposed to go to no more victims in the one as a counselor. Then, we prison; but, if they community, have to apply them voluntarily waive certain And now I bring this appropriately to each case. It rights and accept the terms of mantra to Plumas County. is necessary in some cases to probation, the new The following is the new flow back and forth as needed boundaries are set. Plumas County Probation to achieve the goal. It really Additionally, if someone Department's mission: "To depends on the probationer, has already shown that they protect the community and If the probationer is more have a problem staying reduce recidivism by on the path of within previously set ensuring offender self-destruction with the use boundaries (breaking the compliance, accountability of drugs, probation officers law), then it would be logical and rehabilitation." have to apply appropriateto provide them with a I purposely structured the measures such as frequentstricter adherence in order to mission statement to read drug testing, intensive drug help them be law abiding. It like it does. I looked at it like treatment and very close is a common sense approach ingredients in a consumable community supervision to that the Probation item. For instance, if you assist the probationer onDepartment is tasked with to read the label of ingredients their path to recovery. This ensure probationer on a store-bought bottle of ice would be more on the compliance while out in the tea you will notice the first counseling side, with a community. ingredient listed is water, portion of enforcement In the end, a safe and Water is the main ingredient action as needed, livable community is the and the foundation on which However, if a probationerultimate goal for us here at you mix the rest of your is a potential danger to the Probation. ingredients to create your community because he or she Well, I hope I was able to product, has exhibited prior violent shed some light on Probation Now, taking you back to behavior and has unlawfully and clear up any questions the mission statement, possessed weapons, that you might have had. 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