Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) was created when Assembly Bill (AB) 109 was signed into California legislation on October 1, 2011. With AB109, state prison inmates who recently served a prison commitment for non-serious, non-violent, or non-high-risk sex offenses are now supervised by county probation departments, and not state parole. Kern County has two PRCS units supervising this population and each unit consists of a Supervisor, two Deputy Probation Officer IIIs, and numerous Deputy Probation Officers.
The goal of PRCS is to reduce recidivism within this high risk adult population by providing opportunities to PRCS offenders while also holding them accountable when necessary. Officers conduct evidence based assessments and create individual case plans/goals for each offender upon their prison release, and then work closely with Community Based Organizations and numerous local agencies to provide targeted client services and public protection. Some of the services provided include Mental Health treatment, Substance Abuse treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Intervention, Housing opportunities, Employment Readiness/Job Training, Parenting classes, Educational opportunities, and Tattoo Removal services.