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LA County Probation Department understaffed amidst growing responsibilities

by Rina Palta | Take Two®

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On August 21, 2012, North Hollywood's Probation Compliance Unit discusses the day's next home visit. As part of California's current AB 109 "prison realignment" scheme that gives low-level offenders the possibility of early probation to ease prison over-crowding, the team makes random visits to former prisoners to make sure they are following the terms of their probation. Bear Guerra/KPCC

Los Angeles County's probation department has nearly 1,200 vacant positions out of a total of 6,500 employees.

As KPCC's Rina Palta reports, the vacancies have some county officials asking if the department's new, rigid hiring standards are the issue and whether that's compromising public safety.

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