Probation search nets 10 arrests, one PRCS with loaded gun
Jan 31, 2013 (San Bernardino County Sun - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
SAN BERNARDINO -- After a search of two San Bernardino residences Tuesday, probation officers made nine arrests that included five probationers, three of which were released from prison as a result of AB109.
Probation Officers searched the residence of James Claiborne in the 7600 block of Del Rosa Avenue.
Claiborne, 34, was released from state prison to probation supervision, following a felony conviction for evading officers in a vehicle.
"We were notified that Claiborne was in possession of a firearm," said San Bernardino County probation spokesman, Chris Condon. "During the search we discovered the gun had been reported stolen."
Probation officials are continuing the investigation to find out if the gun had been used in any crimes.
The firearm was loaded at the time Claiborne was arrested.
In a separate investigation, probation officers discovered two probationers and two PRCS offenders, with unrelated cases, all reported living at the same residence in the 2300 block of Kern Street in San Bernardino.
It's a violation of terms of release for PRCS offenders or probationers to be in association with each other or any felon, Condon said.
When probation officers arrived at the address they discovered 20 people living on the property, including the four they were looking for.
Of the 20 people found at the property, 9 were arrested, including a fugitive parolee, a PRCS with a no-bail warrant, two persons for drug related offenses, and 5 with
outstanding warrants of various amounts.
A study released on January 22, 2013 by the Council of State Governments found that state-wide, probationers and parolees represent only 22% of all persons arrested.
Chief Probation Officer Michelle Scray Brown referenced this report when commenting about Tuesday's arrests.
"The Council of State Governments report clearly indicates that probation supervision reduces re-offense. Most supervised offenders change their behavior. However, those that do not are subject to arrest by Probation Officers who will investigate alleged violations of the law or probation terms," Brown said.
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