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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:

  • Not guilty plea: The man charged with first-degree murder in the December, 2014, death of a Greenville woman pleaded not guilty last week.
  • More Jefferson talk: Proponents of the state of Jefferson packed the Board of Supervisors room for the third time April 14, but once again did not walk away with the county’s support.
  • School cuts: The Plumas Unified School District is facing a $3 million budget deficit for the next school year, which will result in funding cuts in many areas.

The Day Reporting Center was looking for a home and found two in downtown Quincy.

Debra Moore

Staff Writer

During their May 6 meeting, the Plumas Supervisors approved the center’s relocation to 28 Harbison, adjacent to Sweet Lorraine’s, and 56 Harbison, the former Body & Soul building across from the Quincy library. There is one structure separating the two buildings.

The center, which provides a variety of services to those on court-ordered probation, had been housed at the Resource Center on the west end of Main Street near Dame Shirley Plaza, but that lease expired April 30.

District Attorney David Hollister and Interim Chief Probation Officer Dan Prince asked the supervisors to approve the leases, which total $1,350 initially, but will increase to $2,150 in June when the second floor of 56 Harbison becomes available.

Initially the Day Reporting Center was going to occupy the former probation building in East Quincy, but the county instead leased it to Plumas Unified School District, when its district office suffered plumbing problems last month.

In a backup memo to the board highlighting the urgency of securing a lease, Hollister and Prince wrote, “Failure to enter into this agreement at this time will result in a stoppage of the Day Reporting Center and disruption in the delivery of court ordered services.”

The Alternative Sentencing Program developed the Day Reporting Center as a place where probationers could access needed services and the organizations providing those services could be located in one place.

“The DRC, with significant help from this Board and the public safety partners, has proven to be one of the true success stories in Plumas County’s response to the dramatic changes in the criminal justice system created by public safety realignment (AB109),” Hollister and Prince wrote. “Anecdotally, we are seeing positive changes in lowering recidivist rates prompted by the use of the DRC and associated delivery of services.”

Some of the partners include the Resource Center, the Plumas Business and Career Network, child support, literacy and the Second Chance for Families program. County departments such as Probation, Alcohol and Drug, Mental Health, Social Services, and Child Protective Services also provide services through the DRC.

The Harbison Street locations satisfy the desire to have the Day Reporting Center located near the courthouse.

The following day when asked about the Day Reporting Center’s new location and its impact on downtown Quincy via an e-mail, Hollister responded that Stephanie Tanaka, coordinator of the Alternative Sentencing Program, would be reaching out to downtown businesses.

“The population is a low risk population that is already visiting many downtown businesses,” Hollister said. He noted that the prior location had also been downtown.

Additionally, there are plans to beautify the exterior of the buildings.

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