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Publication Date: Friday, May 13, 2005

Work furlough gets reprieve Work furlough gets reprieve (May 13, 2005)

By Jon Wiener

A Mountain View program designed to give nonviolent offenders a chance to work while serving time now looks like it will be spared from a round of budget cuts at the county level.

A spokesperson for the county probation department said staff members have backed off of an earlier proposal to shelve the men's work furlough program, located on 590 E. Middlefield Road.

About 150 people participate in the program at any one time. The staff's original recommendation would have saved almost $900,000 but forced participants into a minimum-security prison in Milpitas.

Probation department spokesperson Bill Fu said plans changed to reflect the wishes of the Board of Supervisors, several of whom have spoken publicly about the value of the program. The program's fate will be sealed in mid-June when the board passes its final budget.
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