Cliff Downing - Division Director
2171 N. Fine Ave.
Fresno CA. 93727 map
The Fresno County Probation Department has aggressively implemented Assembly Bill 109, which transfers the supervision responsibility of state prisoners, upon their release, from the State to the Probation Department; and As of June 28, 2012, the AB 109 unit is operating at their new location at Winery and Yale.
With the passage, signing and funding of Assembly Bill (AB) 109, the Public Safety Realignment Act, This legislation sets into motion a number of fundamental changes related to the incarceration, supervision, and treatment of a designated group of offenders who previously would have been under the custody and control of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the state prison system.
Changes in Sentencing Law: Felony Probation
Effective October 1, 2011, AB 109 will eliminate prison as a sentence option for various felonies and authorize courts to impose terms of over one year in county jail for certain felonies committed by specified defendants. There is no limit to the amount of time that may be served in county jail if the conviction is for an offense punishable by imprisonment in county jail. Offenders who serve their sentences in county jail pursuant to this change in the law are not subject to parole or post-release supervision. However, when granting probation, the court will be authorized to impose a sentence that includes a period of county jail time and a period of mandatory probation not to exceed the maximum possible sentence. This population will be supervised by the county probation department. (Penal Code section 1170(h).
Post Release Community Supervision
Effective October 1, 2011, there is a transfer of offenders who in the past were released from CDCR under the supervision of state parole. On the effective date, persons released from state prison after serving a prison term for a felony that is not a serious felony, a crime where the person is classified as a High Risk Sex Offender, or a crime where the person is required as a condition of post-release supervision to undergo treatment by the California Department of Mental Health, will be supervised by the Probation Department. This post release category is typically referred to as the non-violent, non-serious, and non-sex offender population for probation supervision and services. Persons released from state who do not meet the criteria described above for post release community supervision will continue to be subject to the jurisdiction of and parole supervision by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).
The AB 109 Unit has built into the system the delivery of evidence based practices including assessment of every offender, supervision ratios of 1:50 for the realigned population, expansion of the day reporting center, EM/GPS and a host of public safety provisions including an Adult Compliance Team comprised of law enforcement officers working with probation officers. Custody, including flash incarceration, is also part of the strategies to be imposed. We provide professional and accountable supervision services to each and every offender we receive; given the fact public safety includes rehabilitation, our success in providing the opportunity for evidenced based services will have a positive effect on both the offender population and the county we serve