Report 2019-116 Recommendation 6 Responses

Report 2019-116: Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act: Weak Oversight Has Hindered Its Meaningful Implementation (Release Date: May 2020)

Recommendation #6 To: Kern County Probation Department

To determine the effectiveness of its use of JJCPA funds, Kern should include in its year-end reports to Community Corrections descriptions or analyses of how its JJCPA-funded programs influenced its juvenile justice trends, as required by law.

6-Month Agency Response

Probation formed a committee across the juvenile divisions (Juvenile Services and Juvenile Programs) in conjunction with the Research, Analysis & Data (RAD) Unit to develop statistical forms that more effectively capture data to compare with county-wide trend data. Effective July 1, 2020, juvenile units now must complete a General Unit Stat Sheet and a Placement Unit Stat Sheet. These forms include definitions to ensure reporting accuracy and provide the ability to identify trends that impact services including programs funded by JJCPA and YOBG. By using these stat sheets, staff will be able to compare data year-over-year, impact on county-wide trends, and better aptly serve youth. The first complete year of using the stat sheets and entering the data will be included in the reports submitted October 1, 2021 when the year-end reports are due to Community Corrections, and each year thereafter.

  • Estimated Completion Date: October 1, 2021
  • Response Date: November 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending


60-Day Agency Response

Probation formed a committee across the juvenile divisions (Juvenile Services and Juvenile Programs) in conjunction with the Research, Analysis & Data (RAD) Unit to develop statistical forms that more effectively capture data to compare with county-wide trend data. Effective July 1, 2020, juvenile units now must complete a General Unit Stat Sheet and a Placement Unit Stat Sheet (forms provided via email). These forms include definitions to ensure reporting accuracy and provide the ability to identify trends that impact services including programs funded by JJCPA and YOBG. By using these stat sheets, staff will be able to compare data year-over-year, impact on county-wide trends, and better aptly serve youth. Kern will include this information in its year-end reports due October 1st each year to Community Corrections.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 10/01/2020
  • Response Date: July 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


All Recommendations in 2019-116

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.