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Nevada County probation sweep yields 4 arrests

While California Assembly Bill 109, commonly known as realignment, garners headlines for the impact it has on local jails as the responsibility for custody was shifted from state prisons to local jurisdictions, how offenders are supervised once released from jail has also changed.

This change was evident Friday, as the Nevada County Probation Department coordinated a sweep involving all local law enforcement agencies that resulted in four arrests and the service of five arrest warrants, according to a news release.

Under realignment, the Nevada County Probation Department must provide supervision to individuals convicted of a crime who were previously managed by state agencies.

“This level of sophisticated offenders released to local jurisdictions invokes concern from communities as they are often released from prison without many social supports and are prone to return to a criminal lifestyle without the interventions by the probation department,” said Nevada County Chief Probation Officer Michael Ertola in the news release.

Interventions, such as the one executed Friday, have been conducted throughout the state of California over the past few months.

Compliance checks are necessary “to reduce risk and improve community safety” and address the needs of those under probationary supervision, the news release states.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Offfice, the Grass Valley Police Department and the Nevada City Police Department assisted in the compliance check.

Currently, about 42 people are under supervision by the probation department as a result of realignment.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email mrenda@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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