Extra resources for students of State and Local Government 180, an upper-division GE class in the Government Department at Sacramento State University
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: Los Angeles County to add 500 jobs
L.A. County to add 500 jobs
Christina Villacorte, Staff Writer
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 10/11/2011 06:50:09 PM PDT
Although jobs are scarce almost everywhere, Los Angeles County is adding nearly 500 employees to handle the increased workload created by the shift of state parolees to local jurisdiction.
The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to spend $33.7 million through December to beef up the Sheriff's, Probation and other departments tasked with supervising thousands of low-level felons sentenced or paroled after Oct. 1.
Because the so-called realignment program is already under way, some Probation workers have already seen their caseloads double or even triple in size.
That department received $8.9 million to hire 172 workers, mostly deputy probation officers, to supervise the estimated 3,500 parolees expected to arrive this fiscal quarter. New hires have to undergo at least 10 weeks of training.
The Sheriff's Department was allotted $18 million to add 234 new deputies for its jails, and 44 more to pursue absconding parolees.
County jails are expected to take in 5,600 additional inmates through December who otherwise would have been incarcerated in state prisons.
Sheriff Lee Baca plans to add 1,700 beds in county jails, and 800 more in camps where inmates can be trained to build containment lines for the county Fire Department.
The Department of Mental Health plans to take on 26 workers, including psychiatrists, psychologists, substance abuse counselors and social workers.
Also hiring are the District Attorney, Public Defender, Alternate Public Defender and Department of Public Health.
County Chief Executive Officer William Fujioka said the state will reimburse the county for what is only the first installment in realignment funding.