Budget cut proposal raises big concerns for Juvenile Probation Commission 

As The City has asked city departments to submit 20 percent cut proposals for their budgets next fiscal year, some departments are raising alarm over what that could mean.

Next Wednesday, the Juvenile Probation Commission is scheduled to vote on sending a letter to Mayor Ed Lee advocating for no cuts to the department.

“The commission strongly urges you to reject the proposed cuts, and allow the department to maintain essential core services to our city’s youth and families,” a draft of the letter says.

A 20 percent cut to the Juvenile Probation Department would mean a loss of $5.1 million. “The department is already in crisis mode financially, having continually reduced its budget over successive years,” a draft of the letter says. Cuts would result in a “significant decrease [in] the department’s ability to serve its youth and the public.”

With cuts, the department would not be able to provide the proper help to ensure the youth turn around their lives, according to the letter. Since the department provides services to youth in the criminal justice system funding cuts could result in worsening the crime in San Francisco.

“We cannot simply abandon these young men and women to an uncertain future lacking in support and necessary services,” the letter says.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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