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Nevada County AB109 Update

Nevada County’s Chief Probation Officer Michael Ertola gave an update to the Nevada County Supervisors last  week on AB 109, also known as Public Safety Realignment which realigns numerous responsibilities concerning non-violent, non-serious and non high-risk sex offenders from the state to counties. Upon release from prison these offenders are now supervised by the Nevada County Probation Department and Courts rather than by state parole as in the past. Ertola says Nevada County started with one prisoner on October 1st 2011 and since then over 140 prisoners have come through their doors.

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As for prisoner demographics Ertola says 96 are male , 21 female, average age is 38 and a half years old, 86 percent of them have been high risk for re-offending  and 6 percent considered medium and low risk.

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Ertola says flash incarceration is a method the department uses to deal with sanctions and technical violations where the violator is incarcerated for one to ten days.*

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Ertola says so far  in 3 years, 32 of their AB 109 offenders have been arrested for a new crime, but only 13 have been convicted of those offenses. Prior to realignment the recidivism rate in Nevada County was 50 percent. The post realignment parole recidivism rate for all counties statewide is 44 percent. Ertola says Nevada County is doing much better.

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Ertola says the Probation Department is also entering into an agreement with local company Zapp Manufacturing for vocational training, and with John Muir Academy for parolees ages 18 to 25 to get their High School Diploma and vocational training. Nevada County’s budget for 2014-15 to oversee AB 109 prisoners is just over $2 million dollars ($2,039,766).

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