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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 9A Victoria Metcalf he now has one opening for a option but to meet. Assistant Editor deputy and one opening in"It's vital to our vmetcalf@plumasnews.com corrections. He still needs department to move us two officers in each area, but along," Metcalf explained The Plumas County Board no longer has the funding, about the analyst position. of Supervisors placed the Hagwood said that despiteShe said that her staff has need for a probation analyst losing the funding he would been keeping track of over the need for a deputy not penalize the public and evidence-based statistics as and corrections officer in a put public safety at further well as doing their own struggle over state funding, risk. He is directing his staff probation jobs. according to actions by the to continue to assist To her knowledge, no other board, probation officers in department has an analyst That was the direction by fieldwork. This includes position, said Plumas County supervisors as Plumas home visits on probationers, Clerk Kathy Williams County Probation Chief Erin searches, arrests and drug following the meeting. Metcalf said she was keeping testing among other Williams said her a portion of Senate Bill 678 activities, department gathers and funding to hire an Hagwood said he has tracks all sorts of administrative analyst and statistics on all activities information and it's her job for other departmental needs, performed by his department as director to do that job. A portion of that funding for probation. Williams said she views it had previously gone to Metcalf said that it depends as the responsibility of the providing a deputy and a on the risk level of a director to keep track of corrections officer to the probationer whether a staff statistics. sheriffs office. "It's staying member conducts the fieldEarly in discussions in probation like it should," visit or whether a deputy is involving probation's plans, Metcalf announced Sept. 11 at requested to make that call. Hagwood appealed to Engel, the regular meeting. "ff you feel threatened you he said. Metcalf later added that do call the sheriff's Hagwood said he thought funding is intended to reduce department?" asked Engel understood that recidism. Supervisor Jeff Engel. without the money from Plumas County Sheriff "That's correct," Metcaffprobation he would have to Greg Hagwood pointed out responded, eliminate two positions. that the sheriffs office has Metcalf said that her But it wasn't Engel, as relied on a portion of the SB department has something in board chair, who proposed 678 funding since the days of the works that would allow discussing the probation acting probation chief Doug more probation officers to proposal, it was Supervisor Carver. In fiscal year 2017-18, make field visits. She did not Kevin Goss. the sheriffs office received elaborate and no supervisor "So did you two know $163,000 to help fund two asked her to explain, about this?" asked positions. District Attorney David Supervisor Lori Simpson Hollister attempted to sway referring to conversations No layoffs supervisors in their prior to the board meeting. Despite losing funding, willingness to allow Goss and Supervisor Michael Hagwood said he does not probation to drop the Sanchez were on the budget have to lay off two members sheriff's services and hire an committee. "I think the other of his staff. Two positions in analyst. Hollister said that position would jusf be picked corrections and two in law the sheriff's office was losing up by the general fund." enforcement were open as of bodies that are on the Goss said that was why it Sept. 11. frontline. The sheriff also has was being discussed at the With the elimination of many state mandated meeting. funding, Hagwood said that requirements he had no Hagwood explained at the time the agreement was reached with Carver on SB 678, he presented a resolution to the board allocating the funds. Sanchez said the board could revisit the situation with the sheriffs office during the mid-year budget review, However, Sanchez also said that if the funding is earmarked for probation then that's where it should go. With two positions open in the jail, Hagwood was asked how they were meeting state requirements. Hagwood said that corrections officers have been forced to work overtime -- a drain on the sheriffs office budget. He said that he has a deputy who is a former corrections officer and he can flU in as needed or a reassignment might be necessary. State requirements in jail coverage are very specific, Hagwood said. All services including food, medication, recreation opportunities and much more are mandated. What is SB 678? The California Community Corrections Performance Incentive Act of 2009 is described as performance-based funding from the state's General Fund. SB 678 has two purposes, according to the California Courts: To alleviate state prison overcrowding and save California money. "These purposes are to be accomplished without compromising public safety by reducing the number of individuals on felony supervision who are sent to prison," according to California Courts 2017 report. It is also designed to encourage probation departments to use evidence-based practices to accomplish the intended goals. In a revised formula, county probation departments that can show a return to prison rate (RPR) of less than 1.5 percent will receive 100 percent of its highest prior payment. Funding is specifically geared to the RPR. The higher the rate, the lower the payment. There is a guaranteed payment of $200,000 to each probation department. In 2015-16, Plumas County Probation received $442,681. The RPR compared to 2014 was $20,407 for a total of $463,088. For 2017-18, probation received $452,752, according to Metcaff. In 2016-17, the state paid county probation programs a total of $125.3 million. Funding began in 2009 with $45 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds By the end of 2011, just two years after the implementation of SB 678, 53 of the state's 58 counties had reduced the number of adult felony probationers returning to prison, according to a Smart Justice Strategies Issue Brief for county probation chiefs. According to the 2017 executive summary on SB 678, the program has been successful in increasing probation departments' use of evidence-based practices and lower the number returning to custody "without evident negative impact to public safety." 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