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JUST RELEASED

JUST RELEASED FROM CUSTODY

It is important that all persons released from custody or the court, and referred to the Probation Department for supervision understand that they will need to report to a probation area office for intake and orientation instructions. The intake process for both Felony Probation supervision, Post-release Community Supervision, and Mandatory Sentences were established to provide the supervised person with clear instructions for the requirement of their supervision, assist with referrals for treatment and services, and to clarify and answer any questions that might arise concerning supervision. The goal of the intake processes is to assess the supervised person and circumstances of their case to provide the appropriate level of supervision required to provide for the safety of the community while protecting and ensuring the right so victims, and assisting the supervised person in making a successful re-entry into the community. 

 

FELONY PROBATION

If you were just released from county jail or the court, following your sentencing, and you were ordered by the Court to report to the Probation Department for supervision, you need to report within 48 hours or within the time frame ordered by the court. When you report to the Probation area office, tell the receptionist that you were just recently released from jail, or referred from Court, and you need your orientation instructions.

Important documents to bring to your orientation

  • Valid identification (driver’s license, California I.D., any identification with your name, picture, or signature.
  • Verification of residence: this can be a letter or other correspondence with your name and the address where you reside, a copy of a rental agreement, or a signed letter from your landlord verifying that the address presented is your residence.
  • A copy of any and all document you were given by the sentencing court. This may include a copy of the sentencing minute ordered, a referral card with your next court appointment, a referral for registration as a narcotics, gang, arson or sex offender or proof of registration of any one of these requirements, if so ordered by the Court.

 

PERMANENT INSTRUCTIONS

In most cases, you will be seen by a probation officer assigned to the Supervision Intake Team (SIT). This probation officer will provide you with the following:

  • You will be provided with permanent probation instructions, which include the rules and regulations of the Probation Department for all probationers under supervision. This will include instructions to report to the probation officer as directed, not leave the county of Los Angeles without the permission of the probation officer or the court, and instructions to register as a narcotics, gang, and arson or sex offenders if required by law. 
  • The probation officer will explain how long your will be under probation supervision, eligibility to early termination.
  • The probation officer will provide you with information on how and when to register as narcotics, gang, arson, or sex offender and when proof of registration is due. It is important that sex offenders register with local law enforcement with 5 days of their release from jail or they may face further prosecution for failure to register.
  • The probation officer will explain your conditions of supervision including all orders of the Court recorded on the sentencing minute order or court docket.
  • The probation officers will provide you with refer you to any court ordered treatment programs, and provide instruction on how to complete any court ordered community service or community labor. 
  • The SIT probation officer will also explain the payment of any court ordered restitution, fines, fees, or payments for supervision services. If requested, the probation officer will refer you to a Probation Department Financial Evaluator in to determine if and how much you can afford to pay towards your financial obligation. 

Once the orientation is complete, you will be given a copy of your signed permanent probation instructions, the court ordered conditions of supervision, and signed financial documents, and a referral to your supervision probation officer, or a referral to the probation office closest to your residence for assignment to a supervision probation officer. You will also be instructed when to report.

 

TEMPORARY INSTRUCTIONS

In some cases, such as reporting toward the end of the business day, you may be provided with temporary instructions and a return appointment for your permanent probation instructions. It is important that you return to complete the intake process on the date provided.

 

POST RELEASE COMMUNITY SUPERVISION/MANDATORY SENTENCE

If you were just released from county State prison, the Court, or County Jail following and you were instructed to report to the Probation Department for supervision, you need to report within two working days to one of four HUBS for orientation, assessment and assignment for supervision. When you report to the HUB, tell the receptionist that you were just recently released from prison or jail you need your orientation instructions.

Important documents to bring to your orientation

  • Valid identification (driver’s license, California I.D., any identification with your name, picture, or signature.
  • Verification of residence: this can be a letter or other correspondence with your name and the address where you reside, a copy of a rental agreement, or a signed letter from your landlord verifying that the address presented is your residence.
  • A copy of any and all document you were given by the sentencing court or the Corrections Counselor regarding your release.

When you report to the HUB you will be seen by a probation officer Post-release Assessment Team (PAT). This probation officer will provide you with the following:

  • You will be provided with permanent probation instructions, which include the rules and regulations of the Probation Department for all supervised persons under Post-release or Mandatory Supervision.  This will include instructions to report to the probation officer as directed, not leave the county of Los Angeles without the permission of the probation officer or the court, and instructions to register as a narcotics, gang, and arson or sex offenders if required by law. 
  • The probation officer will provide you with information on how and when to register as narcotics, gang, arson, or sex offender and when proof of registration is due. It is important that sex offenders register with local law enforcement with 5 days of their release from jail or they may face further prosecution for failure to register.
  • The probation officer will explain your conditions of supervision including all conditions required by the Probation Department or orders of the Court recorded on the sentencing minute order or court docket.
  • If required, you will be referred to co-located Department of Mental Health clinicians who will assess any need for mental health treatment services. If needed, you will be referred for these services as a condition of Post-release supervision. If these were not ordered under Mandatory Supervision, your case may be returned to court with a recommendation for the addition of treatment services as a condition of supervision.  
  • If required, you will be referred to co-located Department of Public Health Community Assessment Service Center staff that will assess any need for Substance abuse treatment services. If needed, you will be referred for these services as a condition of Post-release supervision. If these were not ordered under Mandatory Supervision, your case may be returned to court with a recommendation for the addition of treatment services as a condition of supervision.  
  • Supervised persons will also be referred to on-site Department of Public Social Service eligibility workers. While these EWs will not complete applications for services on site, they will evaluate you for eligibility and refer you to the appropriate DPSS office for services, if you qualify.
  • The HUB probation officer will also explain the payment of any court ordered restitution, fines, fees, or payments for supervision services for probationer ordered to complete Mandatory Supervision. If requested, the probation officer will refer you to a Probation Department Financial Evaluator in to determine if and how much you can afford to pay towards your financial obligation. 
  • The HUB probation officer will explain the length of supervision and eligibility for termination.

Once the HUB orientation is complete, you will be given a copy of your signed permanent probation instructions or the court ordered conditions of supervision, and signed financial documents, and a referral to your supervision probation officer or the probation office closest to your residence. You will also be instructed when to report within 48 hours. Once you report for to the supervision office, you will be assigned a supervision probation officer, who will explain the specific requirements of supervision and reporting requirements to you.

 

FAILURE TO REPORT FOR SUPERVISION

Failure to report may result in the return of your case for a Violation or Desertion Hearing.

Post Release Community Supervision:  Failure to report will result in the request for the issuance of a no-bail warrant for your arrest. Execution of an arrest warrant cold result in custody sanctions that will delay termination of post-release supervision.

Depending on the specifics of your case, this could result in a verbal admonishment, suitable time in custody before being reinstated on supervision, or revocation of supervision and the imposition of your sentence.

 

 

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