The Probation Oversight Commission is a civilian oversight body that advises the Probation Department and the Board of Supervisors and monitors the Probation Department’s progress on systemic reform. The first body of its kind in the nation, the Board of Supervisors voted to implement the Probation Oversight Commission in 2020 as a result of the dedicated work and recommendations of the Probation Reform Implementation Team (PRIT). The Probation Oversight Commission has the authority and duty to:

  • Review departmental policies, procedures, and practices;
  • Conduct inspections in order to ensure the physical safety and welfare of youth and adults in Probation custody;
  • Investigate critical matters brought to the Commission’s attention;
  • Receive and review grievances;
  • Compel data, real evidence, and direct testimony including the power to subpoena necessary information from the Probation Department; and
  • Engage the public through robust and transparent reporting and regular meetings.