In April 2011, the California Legislature and Governor Brown passed Assembly Bill 109 (AB 109), which shifted responsibility for certain populations of offenders from the state to the counties. Assembly Bill 109 establishes the California Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011 which allows for current non-violent, non-serious, and non-high risk sex offenders, after they are released from California State prison, to be supervised at the local County level. Instead of reporting to state parole officers, these offenders report to local county probation officers.
Placer County Probation has dedicated probation officers to supervise these Post Release Community Supervision offenders. Placer County Special Investigations Unit, a multi-agency task force, is also being utilized to assist in the supervision of high risk offenders and to investigate and detain offenders who have absconded and have active warrants.
With the implementation of AB 109, Health and Human Services has embedded 3 practitioners at the Probation Department to provide assessments and services.
Pursuant to Section 1170(h) of the Penal Code, certain felonies are punishable by a term of imprisonment in a county jail.
Straight Jail Term
The Court has the option to sentence an offender to a straight jail term pursuant to Section 1170(h)(5)(A) of Penal Code, where the offender serves his/her entire sentence in custody.
The Court also has the option to sentence an offender to a split sentence pursuant to Section 1170(h)(5)(B) of the Penal Code, where the offender serves a portion of his/her sentence in custody and serves the remaining portion of the sentence on Mandatory Supervision to be supervised by the Probation Department. The terms and conditions of supervision are set by the Court.