SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF / BCN) – Cristel Tullock, a longtime veteran of the Adult Probation Department of the San Francisco Superior Court system, became the first black woman to head the department, court officials said Tuesday.
Tullock, whose tenure began Tuesday, has been in San Francisco’s Adult Supervision Department for more than two decades, first beginning his career as a deputy superintendent and eventually working his way up to becoming a psychotherapist and then a coordinator overseeing the re-entry of sexually violent predators. said court officials.
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Prior to her appointment, Tullock previously served as acting deputy director of the department.
Tullock will replace former boss Karen Fletcher, who retired back in September after more than six years of service.
Tullock is the first black female adult supervisor in the city’s history.
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“Under my leadership, I will ensure that the department maintains its strong reputation and that we continue to be an active positive contributor to supporting society and our courts,” Tullock said in a statement. “Focusing on criminal justice reform is an opportunity for probation to demonstrate our crucial role in helping people restore their lives.”
Tullock added: “My different life experiences as a mother with children going to public schools, a first generation African-Latina, a lesbian and a former high school dropout are at the heart of my work to help people make sustainable life changes. “
The city’s Adult Supervision Department serves about 6,000 people who have been placed on court-ordered supervision, diversion programs and local supervision after release. The department also supports 50 treatment offers and 18 housing offers as well as other forms of support for people involved in the criminal justice system.
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