The Santa Barbara County Probation Department

"Leading the Way to a Safer Community"

The Probation Department, established in 1909, has been providing effective community corrections solutions to Santa Barbara County residents for over 100 years.

The Department provides custody, education, vocational, and treatment services for juveniles detained at the Santa Maria Juvenile Hall and Los Prietos Boys Camp.  The Department also provides investigation and supervision services for juvenile and adult offenders as ordered by the Santa Barbara County Superior Court, supervises adult offenders realigned to the county by the State as a result of the 2011 Public Safety Realignment Act, and provides victim assistance through notification services and the collection of restitution.

The Department has implemented a wide variety of evidence based programs to strengthen families, suppress gang activity, and address alcohol and drug abuse as these behaviors contribute to criminal activity. These programs, created in collaboration with the Courts, schools, local law enforcement agencies, and county health and human services departments, are located throughout Santa Barbara County.

Chief Heitman