Once built and staffed, the center will work collaboratively with several county departments to closely monitor and attempt to rehabilitate offenders who are being supervised by the Calaveras County Probation Department and have a higher risk of recidivism.
The Partnership, consisting of public safety, behavioral health, education, welfare and governmental representatives, is tasked with putting forth a plan to the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors to guide local supervision of a group of criminal offenders who were previously supervised by state parole officers.
AB 109 shifts responsibility to supervise certain inmates from the state to the local level. These changes were required by a federal ruling requiring California to reduce its vastly over-populated prisons. As certain felons return from state prison, they are now supervised by the Calaveras County Probation Department instead of a state parole officer. In addition, many felons who would have been sent to state prison now serve time locally.
“Administrative Analyst Maria Hinsey presented a proposed budget that included the cost of a private company, BI Inc., to enter into contract with Calaveras County to oversee and operate a Day Reporting Center at the Substance Abuse Building located at the Government Center,” Calaveras County Probation Chief Teri Hall wrote.
It operates day reporting center programs for probationers in many other counties, reaching from Sonoma to Madera. It also operates centers for higher risk parolees for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in Compton, Stockton and San Diego. The partnership agreed to hire BI Inc., costing $237,252 annually, with the intent of having the center up and running at the earliest possible date. This money will be taken out of an annual $794,507 allotment from the state.
“We are excited and eager to partner with BI Inc. on this venture,” Hall said. “They have many years of experience with programming offenders and lowering recidivism rates in the jurisdictions they serve.”