Substance Abuse Treatment Court (SATC)
Since March 1996, the Santa Barbara County Probation Department, the Santa Barbara Superior Court, the offices of the District Attorney and Public Defender . The Santa Barbara and Santa Maria Judicial Branches serve offenders who abuse drug and alcohol substances, and are referred to as "Substance Abuse Treatment Courts" (SATC). The goal is to reduce recidivism and substance abuse among non-violent offenders by using tools such as:
- Early, continuous, and judicially supervised treatment;
- Mandatory periodic drug testing; and
- Graduated rewards and sanctions.
This program relies upon countywide networking and cooperation of county agencies and community based organizations (CBOs)for support and success.
Once charges are filed against an individual, if the offender is eligible and chooses to participate, they enter this highly structured treatment program, which lasts from 12 to 18 months. If the offender successfully completes the program, the charges are dismissed. Conversely, prosecution is reinstated if the offender fails to attend the program or if urine testing repeatedly indicates the offender is using drugs or alcohol.
Substance Abuse Crime Prevention Act (Prop 36)
Proposition 36, also known as the Substance Abuse Crime Prevention Act (SACPA), was passed by voters in November 2000, and intends to "divert from incarceration into community based substance abuse treatment programs nonviolent defendants, probationers and parolees charged with simple drug possession offenses". Those drug users charged with certain narcotic offenses are mandated to probation supervision and drug treatment. Eligible offenders must participate in and complete a drug treatment program not exceeding 12 months unless the Court makes a finding that continuation of treatment services is necessary for success. If that finding is made, the Court may order up to two six-month extensions.
SACPA intends to protect the community by reducing drug-related crime by means of treatment and preserving jails and prisons for serious and violent offenders. Offenders participating in Prop 36 are required to admit to their charge(s). If the offender successfully completes the program, the charges can be reduced or dismissed.
Post-Plea Dual Diagnosis Court
The Dual Diagnosis Treatment Court is a post plea adjunct to Substance Abuse Treatment Court (SATC) and serves a smaller population of felony offenders experiencing co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance abuse.
Specialized Sex Offender Supervision
This component of the Adult Supervision Units provides for specialized supervision of sex offenders using field contacts, searches for pornography, evidence of victim contact, evaluation of Internet usage and auditing of computer drives for pornographic content. Offenders engage in therapy designed to enable them to effectively manage their propensity for sexual abuse. The assigned Deputy Probation Officers work closely with the therapists to reduce the risk of re-offense to the greatest extent possible. Certain sex offenders are statutorily required to submit to Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring for the duration of their probation.
Domestic Violence Caseloads
Deputy Probation Officers countywide are assigned to caseloads comprised exclusively of probationers who have committed domestic violence offenses and who are considered at a moderate to high risk to re-offend. Offenders must complete a 52-week Batterer's Intervention Program. Probation Officers complete lethality assessments, make regular home visits, remain in contact with victims and attend weekly court hearings to review the offender's progress on probation and in treatment. Certain domestic violence offenders are supervised with GPS monitoring.
The Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS) is a federal program that requires active supervision of certain offenders who wish to move to a state other than the one in which they were convicted. In 2004, ICAOS established strict guidelines for travel and transfer of offenders across state lines.
AB109 Adult Criminal Justice Realignment
Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS)
After the passing of AB109 legislation in 2011, the Probation Department assumed the supervision responsibility of a significant number of inmates released from Stat Prisons as a result of Adult Criminal Justice Realignment in the form of Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS). PRCS offenders receive a high level of probation supervision, which may include a requirement to wear a GPS device or a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM) device. While not on probation these offenders are issued specific terms and conditions which they are required to abide by. Failure to follow the imposed conditions could result in a return to custody.
Post Release Supervision (PSS)
Also as a result of the AB109 legislation, an offender whose offense was not a "strike" offense, who had not sustained a prior "strike" conviction, who are not required to register as a sex offender, or who were not convicted of an offense that qualifies for state prison housing, could no longer be sentenced to state prison, As an alternative, those offenders either serve their full sentence in the county jail or serve a partial sentence in county jail and finish the remaining time in the community under the supervision of the Probation Department.
Santa Barbara County Prop. 36 Contacts
Martha Mera, DPO
(805) 739-8567 Lompoc
Nelson Maldonado, DPO
(805) 737-7841 Santa Barbara
Mavis Deparini (805) 614-6570
Alicia Alcocer (805) 614-6566 Lompoc
(805) 737-5394 Santa Barbara