About the Department
Consistent with all other law enforcement and criminal justice organizations, the primary purpose of “Probation” is the protection of public safety. We achieve this purpose in three specialized ways:
We investigate major elements of crimes, the impact upon victims, the criminal histories and behavior of offenders, plus possible sentencing alternatives. We provide this information to the Superior Court in the form of accurate and impartial reports and recommendations. We monitor and supervise those placed on probation to ensure that court ordered “conditions of probation” are obeyed and public safety is maintained. We provide opportunities for probationers to receive treatment, resources, and services that will prevent them from returning to criminal activities.
Within the criminal justice system, probation represents the link between the application of appropriate consequences for illegal behavior and the recovery of offenders to productive, law-abiding lives.
Youth Services Center (YSC) – Main Office
San Mateo, CA 94402