Chief probation officer to call it quits

Patrick Boyd, a longtime corrections leader who has served as San Francisco’s Chief Adult Probation Officer since July 2008, will retire in January.

The City’s probation officers have been stretched after years of budget cuts. Boyd told the Examiner last year that the office is dealing with probationer-to-officer ratios that are four to 10 times that recommended by national standards.

There are 6,675 adults on probation in San Francisco. More than 84 percent are on probation for a felony. By comparison, an average of 47 percent of adults on probation nationwide were sentenced for a felony conviction.

The San Francisco Superior Court, which is responsible for picking the new chief, has initiated a national search for candidates.
 

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