Taxpayers to begin covering part of probation officer salaries

Taxpayers will have to cover more of the costs to keep tabs on the 1,200 people who are out of jail but under the court’s watch.

County probation officers make sure that people released from jail or sentenced to probation, rather than time behind bars, are not doing drugs or drinking, are paying their fees and completing court-ordered programs, such as drug programs or counseling.

The program costs $1.3 million annually, with most of the money being spent to pay the 25-person staff.

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