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How Riverside County’s budget crunch affects the Probation Department

By in Press Enterprise on December 30, 2017

By Jeff Horseman

Like some of the people it oversees, the Riverside County Probation Department budget can’t stay out of trouble.

The department, which supervises thousands of probationers and runs the county’s juvenile halls, used $15 million in one-time money to close a budget gap this fiscal year. A similar shortfall is expected when the new budget year starts July 1, but that one-time funding won’t be there.

To save $10 million, the department plans to let about 100 employees leave — more than 50 already have — without being replaced. Fewer staff means more overtime to run juvenile facilities and less time to intervene with adult offenders before they end up back in handcuffs.

  • Riverside County probation officer Josh Morales prepares a probation client for a drug test on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017at their offices in Riverside. (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Riverside County probation officer Maribel Urtez wraps up an interview with a probation client on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at their offices in Riverside. (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Riverside County probation officer Maribel Urtez wraps up an interview with a probation client on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at their offices in Riverside. (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Riverside County probation officer Antonio Alvarado prepares to leave the office to check on probation clients on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Riverside County probation officer Antonio Alvarado prepares to leave the office to check on probation clients on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Riverside County probation officer Antonio Alvarado prepares to leave the office to check on probation clients on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Riverside County probation officer Antonio Alvarado prepares to leave the […]    

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