Portrait of Chief Probation Officer Laura Garnette

Chief Probation Officer
Nicholas Birchard​​


The County of Santa Clara Probation Department is deeply committed to transforming the lives of our community members involved in the justice system and creating a safe, healthy, and equitable community.



The mission of the County of Santa Clara Probation Department is to exemplify excellence in Probation Services and promote community safety through compassion and a culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion

Core Values:

Victims community

Press Releases and Featured Stories

'I have a different lens': New Santa Clara County probation chief draws on East San Jose roots (mercurynews.com)

California looks to Santa Clara County model to stop incarceration of girls (mercurynews.com)

CalTrans and Santa Clara County Cooperative Agreement

This Agreement represents a unique opportunity to provide a new type of employment services to adult Probation Department clients, particularly those who face high barriers to employment after incarceration. Over a 3 year period, ~450 adult probationers will engage in paid transitional employment on Caltrans road work crews, while also participating in life skills education, job readiness training, job placement and job retention services.

"Reading Has Given Me Hope": Bringing the Library to Incarcerated Youth

County of Santa Clara Announces That 40 Schools Will Receive Grants for Behavioral Health Wellness Centers

Featured Topics & New Legislation

Voting Rights

In 2020, California voters approved Proposition 17, amending the state’s constitution to automatically restore voting rights upon release from prison. For more information visit: Voting Rights: Persons with a Criminal History :: California Secretary of State.

Adult Probation Job and Resource Fair

County of Santa Clara celebrates Second Chance Month in April

Contact Us

Probation Administration Santa Clara County
2314 N. First St.
San Jose, CA 95131
Phone: (408) 435-2000
Fax: (408) 456-0527
Email:  [email protected]

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