Los Angeles County’s Ranking Supervisor Shares Child Welfare Insights
Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell’s decades-long career in policymaking and public service has deep roots. Her parents met while both worked as county social workers. Sylvia Johnson, Mitchell’s mother, later worked as the warden of a California state prison and chief probation officer of Alameda County.
Los Angeles County Supervisors Approve Therapeutic Approaches to Youth Detention
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to expand therapeutic approaches to juvenile detention Wednesday, which includes mentorship, restorative justice programs and more time outdoors.
Los Angeles Leaders Vote to Try “Colorblind” Foster Care Decisions
Los Angeles County leaders committed to test out “colorblind removals” in child welfare cases — an attempt to correct implicit bias in the system.
L.A. County Moves to Reduce Hidden Costs of Incarceration
Following impassioned testimony from more than a dozen advocates for incarcerated people and their families, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to come up with a plan that would ban expensive collect calls and markups on commissary items in jails and juvenile detention facilities.
Los Angeles County Expands Kinship Care Efforts
Holly Mitchell Wins Race for Los Angeles County Supervisor Seat
Update, Nov. 6: Holly Mitchell has been declared the winner in the race for the 2nd District seat on the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors. Riding a huge advantage in early ballots, state Sen.
Bill Would Dial Back Prices for Phone Calls, Canteen Items in Jails, Juvenile Lockups
It’s not cheap to keep people in California’s county-run jails and juvenile lockups. So the law allows sheriffs to run commissary stores inside and to charge the residents to make outside phone calls, then tap the profits “primarily” to pay for programs and services that benefit the incarcerated people.
L.A. Candidates Tackle Child Welfare, Youth Justice, Homelessness at Community Forum
Four of the top candidates in the race for the Los Angeles County Second District’s supervisorial seat met at a community forum Friday in South Los Angeles to discuss issues focused around vulnerable children, youth and families.
California, L.A. Agree: Locking Up Young Children is ‘Nothing Good for Nobody’
After the passage last month of a California law that will bar children 11 and younger from juvenile prosecution, Los Angeles County leaders want to go even further to decriminalize youth.
Brown Signs Law to Ease Licensing Path for Relatives, Vetoes Foster Care Mobile Response Plan
As California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) prepares to leave office at the end of the year, the last round of child welfare legislation under his watch includes a new law to ease the path of relative caregivers under the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR), the major child welfare initiative developed during his time as governor.