The program will lose about $100,000 of its $200,000 budget in funding this year, according to Karen Green, Placer County Peer Court coordinator.
That money typically comes from the Placer County Superior court
but has been cut this year.
Placer County Probation reportedly was set to continue contributing $80,000 to the program, but the county said it would not extend that contract unless there was additional funding from other sources, the release stated.
said the decision came as a surprise to program officials.
said they requested a 30-day extension to their contract, which expired June 30, but were told last week that would not happen.
uncertain about what will happen to those who were in the peer court system.
"We're caught between the court and the county," Green
said Placer Peer Court program works with county law enforcement agencies, school resource officers and the probation department.
"All agree that by intervening early and quickly many problems are prevented from becoming worse and thus costing everyone more," Green
estimated that youth sentenced through the peer court system served about 10,000 hours in the community.