Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 • Probation suggests ordinance amending fees

An ordinance amending probation fees was introduced and waived by the Lassen County Board of Supervisors.

The board unanimously approved introducing the ordinance amending to Title 3 of the Lassen County Code pertaining to Probation Fees.

According to Deputy County Counsel Melissa Rios, the county worked with the probation department to come up with the ordinance.

“The probation department does a lot of work, and they do a lot of work they aren’t compensated for from offenders. And these fees are fees that are appropriate and are authorized by statutes,” said Rios, continuing that the suggested fees were for services the probation department provides. “Right now, they’re only able to assess and sometimes recoup a small portion of those.”

The suggested offender-based fees include

  • A fee of $10 per test for the cost of administering and conducting court-ordered drug and substance abuse tests.
  • A fee of $6 per month or the actual third-party vendor cost for automated phone reminder check in.
  • A fee of $25 plus any third-party charges, per report.
  • A fee of $223 per month for the cost of active probation supervision.
  • A fee of $600 per report for the cost of conducting and preparing a pre-sentence investigation.
  • A fee of $600 per report for the cost of supplemental investigation and report.
  • A fee of $150 per report for post-termination petition for relief.
  • A fee of $150 per report for the cost of preparing and conducting an Interstate Transfer Application.
  • A fee of $240 per report for the cost of processing interjurisdictional transfer request and application.
  • A fee of $300 per report for deferred entry of judgment services (misdemeanor offenses).
  • A fee of $300 per report for deferred entry of judgment services (drug offenses).
  • A fee of $500 per report for deferred entry of judgment services (felony offenses).
  • A fee of $250 per approval or approval renewal, for Domestic Violence Batterer’s Program certification and re-certification services.
  • An activation fee of $25 and a $10 per day fee or the actual third-party vendor cost for Global Positioning System monitoring.
  • A fee of $50 monthly or $600 annually for juvenile probation supervision
  • A fee of $50 monthly or $600 annually for juvenile diversion probation supervision.
  • A fee of $50 monthly or $600 annually for juvenile misdemeanant diversion probation supervision.
  • A fee of $600 per report for juvenile disposition investigation and report services.
  • A fee of $15 per failure to appear, or failure to pay.
  • A fee of $10 per automation assessment.
  • A fee of $20 per day for juvenile home supervision.
  • A fee of $100 per day for post-notice custody.
  • A fee of $30 per day for Juvenile Detention Facility support.
  • A fee of $50 per day for Juvenile Court Work Program supervision.

According to Chief Probation Officer Jen Branning, some of the fees are already in place, about 16 are new and some have increased.

Supervisor Tom Hammond inquired what would happen is someone couldn’t pay these fees. Branning answered, the offender could fill out financial valuation form and a waiver system could entirely waive it or have them pay. But she added the department has been working on bringing a sliding schedule for paying.

The ordinance amending Title 3 will be brought back before the board at a later meeting for approval. If adopted, the changes would be put into effect 30 days after adoption.