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Juvenile Hall Overhaul Measure Makes Ballot

November 27, 2003|From Staff and Wire Reports

Santa Clara County supervisors voted unanimously to put a measure on the March ballot that would allow them to overhaul operations at Juvenile Hall.

The measure, if approved by voters, would strip the Superior Court of its power over the county probation department, which includes Juvenile Hall and several youth centers. Supervisors would then appoint a chief probation officer and conduct all Juvenile Hall affairs in public forums.

Supervisors complained that they allocate more than $91 million for the probation department each year but have no say over how the money is spent.

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