Information For People On Probation

The mission of the San Francisco Adult Probation Department is: “Protecting the Community, Serving Justice, and Changing Lives.” You may be connected to specific programs and services, depending on your needs, as determined by you and your probation officer. The Adult Probation Department is committed to assisting you to successfully complete probation, and to supporting you in having a healthier and happier life.

Conditions of Your Release

The conditions of your supervision will vary. Make sure you understand all local, state or federal conditions. Look closely at your basic conditions – be aware of your stay away, weapons and search conditions.

Think critically: Is your required housing in a stay away area? Can the people living with you support the conditions of your probation or parole? Communicate regularly with your probation officer. Keep appointments. Make phone call check-ins. Even when conversations get tense, stay level headed. Get answers. Notify probation or parole if your address or job changes. Check with your parole or probation officer prior to making plans to travel over 50 miles from your residence, to leave your county for more than 48 hours, or to travel outside of California. Prior to probation or parole, you should be notified of your requirement to register if you have been convicted of a specified sex, drug, or arson offense. Register at the Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant Street, Room 475.

Post-Release Community Supervision and Mandatory Supervision

In October 2011, the State of California implemented the Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011, also known as Assembly Bill 109 (AB109). AB 109 transferred responsibility for some of the state prisoner population from CDCR to California counties. Under AB 109, individuals who were committed to state prison for certain felonies will be released to Post-Release Community Supervision (PRCS), which in most counties is administered by probation departments. In addition, AB 109 requires that individuals convicted of certain felonies serve their time in local jails, where previously they would have been sentenced to state prison. The new sentencing scheme is outlined in PC § 1170(h). If you have questions about whether you fall under AB 109, please contact your attorney. If you are informed that you will be on Post-Release Community Supervision or Mandatory Supervision upon your release from jail or prison, you should contact the Adult Probation Department for specific information about the length and terms of your supervision. The Adult Probation Department is committed to your success and will work with you to make your return to San Francisco a safe and successful one.

I'm on Probation - Now What?

Leaving jail and all other legal troubles behind is something that you have been looking forward to for quite some time now, and now it’s finally happening. If you’re lucky you got some preparation before you got out, assuming you were in custody. But now, the Judge said that you’re on probation. What does that mean? What do I have to do?

Let’s start at the basics – what is probation? Probation is a suspended state prison or county jail sentence. In other words, instead of doing time in custody, you have been given an opportunity to go back to your community provided you follow some specific conditions. All probation sentences are different; however, there are some standard conditions that apply to most if not all persons placed on probation.

1 - You need to contact the Probation Department as soon as you are released from custody. If you are released after 5:00pm, please contact the Department the next day. We open our offices at 8:00am and close at 5:00pm. Main phone number is: (415) 553-1706.

2 - When you contact the Department you will need to provide our support staff with your full name and date of birth. If you have your court number, please provide it too. Our support staff will be able to give you the name and phone number of your assigned probation officer.

3 - Your probation officer will schedule an appointment to meet with you. Please, make sure to keep your appointment and be on time. If you cannot make your appointment, you must call the day before to re-schedule.

4 - Most likely than not the Court would have ordered for you to attend a counseling or rehabilitation program. You along with your officer will choose which programs better meet your needs. It is important that you contact the program and arrange for an intake session.

5 - Stay out of trouble! We know you’re facing a lot of challenges and difficulties getting your life back together, but if you need help or support, call your officer before you do something that put you back in jail.

Please remember that we are here to help you succeed. Every little thing you do towards successfully completing this grant of probation will continue to build further successes that will lead you to a healthier lifestyle and happier life.

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