Alex Johnson


Children’s Defense Fund – California Taps Former DOJ Staffer Gaskins as New ED

The Children’s Defense Fund – California announced last week that it has hired former Department of Justice staffer Shimica Gaskins as its executive director. Gaskins, who will start on June 5, is replacing Alex Johnson as head of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that operates as a state office for the national child advocacy organization founded by Marian Wright Edelman.


Buoyed by L.A.’s Rejection of Juvenile Solitary Confinement, Advocates Eye Elusive Sacramento Win

After Los Angeles County moved to strongly limit the use of solitary confinement in its juvenile detention facilities, advocates are now setting their sights on legislation that would restrict the practice throughout California.


L.A. Board of Supes Votes to End Use of Solitary Confinement for Youth

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted today to approve a measure that would curb the use of solitary confinement for youth in the county’s system of juvenile halls and camps.


Persons of Interest: L.A. County Advocates Eye Reformers for Top Probation Post

The Los Angeles County Probation Department has cycled through six probation chiefs in a decade. This time, juvenile-justice advocates hope the county will attract someone with a desire and capacity to oversee reform of the nation’s largest juvenile-justice system.