Re "Probation officers catch up" (Our Region, Sept. 28): I applaud the Sacramento County probation department on their new found exuberance to collect probationers with drug histories. It is also equally exciting that Probation Chief Lee Seale has embraced services rather than arrests.
There is just one problem. The treatment programs that are so vital to Chief Seale's equation did not receive an additional $1.3 million in funding from the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. Treatment programs have suffered right along with law enforcement through devastating budget cuts.
What a probationer can expect is being placed on a lengthy waiting list. Therefore, just because a probationer that struggles with substance use is snatched off the street and compelled to treatment does not mean that valuable treatment will be readily available. To end this absurd cyclical pattern of catch-and-release maybe alcohol and drug treatment programs should be funded at the same level as probation.
-- Kacee Clark, Sacramento