AB 109 Unit
AB 109 - Building
2171 N. Fine Ave.
Fresno CA. 93727 map
Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Phone: (559) 600-7399
The Fresno County Probation Department implemented Assembly Bill (AB)109, the Public Safety Realignment Act, with a balanced approach of re-entry support services, accountability, and community safety. AB 109 legislation transferred the supervision responsibility of state prisoners, upon their release, from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the state prison system, to local county probation departments.
The AB109 Domestic Violence (DV) Unit supervises adults placed on Mandatory Supervision (MS) and adults placed on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS). Most individuals under supervision have violent offenses of domestic violence, stalking, or a combination including assault with a deadly weapon. The unit is responsible for numerous functions to enforce compliance with court orders and conditions of MS, conditions of release on PRCS and the safety of the community with emphasis on the protected victims. The unit utilizes Evidence-Based Practices, as each offender is provided an individualized assessment and case plan based on their specific needs to maintain a lawful presence and reintegration into the community. The case plans may include, but not limited to community-based referrals to: substance abuse treatment, alcohol/drug testing, mental health treatment, parenting, batterers intervention programs, Day Reporting Center, anger management, transitional housing, and Economic Opportunities Commission (EOC) Valley Apprenticeship Program. Communication with victims is another strategy to ensure offenders are complying with their conditions of community supervision. In addition, Probation Officers conduct residence verification/searches to verify compliance, victim safety, and for the safety of the community.
The Specialized Supervision Unit of the AB 109 Realignment Division is a unit focused on the monitoring and accountability of defendants on supervision who are on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) and Mandatory Supervision (MS) for sex offenders, high risk felony DUI offenders, Child & Elder Abuse, and those who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. The goal of the Specialized Supervision Unit is public safety and offender accountability utilizing a combination of electronic surveillance, cognitive behavior therapy, and evidence-based practices to achieve compliance with release conditions and court orders.
The Specialized Supervision Unit is comprised of eight Deputy Probation Officers and one Probation Technician, with a caseload ratio of 35-to-1. Officers work exclusively with our collaborative partners to provide services and access to resources for offenders to achieve the greatest opportunities for transitioning to a crime-free lifestyle.
AB 109 - Metro and Rural Units
The AB 109 Metro and Rural Units supervise caseloads of generalized offenders released on Mandatory Supervision (MS) and Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) residing in the metropolitan Fresno area and rural communities in Fresno County. Officers supervise approximately 400-500 offenders in each unit at an average ratio of 1:50. The units are responsible for supervision, rehabilitation and, public safety. An assessment is completed on each offender to determine their top criminogenic need and develop individualized case plans, utilizing an evidence-based approach. Implementing incentives and alternative sanctions to promote positive behavior changes in offenders, as well as cognitive behavior change programs such as “Thinking for a Change (T4C),” Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS), and the Day Reporting Center are additional evidence-based supervision strategies utilizes to ensure successful reintegration into the community.
Officer’s maintain contact with offenders through scheduled office appointments and additional field contacts within the community and/or offenders’ residences to ensure public safety. The Rural Unit manages the investigations for PRCS/MS/PC 1203.9 transfer-in cases requesting to reside in Fresno County. Officers also assist offenders in finding housing by collaborating with the Belgravia Center and the Poverello House for transitional housing. Officers work closely with community partners to provide offenders with referrals to treatment, education and employment services to assist offenders with barriers that may prevent successful rehabilitation.