CA Gov. Gavin Newsom Proposes Probation Reforms

By March 15, 2020 March 25th, 2020 No Comments

A new set of proposals from California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, could have a dramatic impact on the way probation works in the state. In short, the proposal would aim to shorten the maximum duration of probation from five years to two years in order to focus resources more acutely on a smaller pool of individuals. According to the Sacramento Bee, the proposal has the backing of a leading advocacy organization for California probation officers. The proposal is included in the governor’s 2020 budget proposal.

Understanding the Importance of Probation

Probation services have a critical impact on recidivism rates by providing services like addiction treatment. However, under the current program, so many people are on probation at any given time that most resources are aimed at felons, leaving individuals convicted of misdemeanors without important support services.

Moreover, research has shown that these services have the greatest impact during the first 18 months of probation. By shortening the maximum probation period to two years for both felons and misdemeanors, the program aims to allocate more resources to all participants during that critical period. That proposal allocates an additional $210 million over the next for years to increase these services.

Criminal Defense Attorney Services for Californians

According to the article, 356,000 Californians were on probation in 2018. This proposal would go a long way toward providing individuals convicted of felonies and misdemeanors with the services they need to move on with their lives. Needless to say, a criminal conviction has long-lasting consequences beyond just the penalties. Felonies and misdemeanors can affect an individual’s housing, career, and relationships for years to come.


If you’ve been charged with a crime in Torrance or Los Angeles County, call criminal defense attorney Brian A. Newman today at (424) 254-5186 to schedule a complimentary consultation for your case.