Los Angeles County Probation Department

Los Angeles County Probation Burdens Youth with Fines for Low-Level Offenses, in Contrast with Justice Reforms


Los Angeles County Probation Burdens Youth with Fines for Low-Level Offenses, in Contrast with Justice Reforms

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is considering whether to phase out the probation department's involvement with the Citation Diversion Program.


California Counties Empty Juvenile Halls to Combat COVID-19

The exterior wall of the El Dorado County Juvenile Hall in Placerville, California. Photo: Max Whittaker, Prime Collective
Seeking to avoid outbreaks of coronavirus, within a matter of months, county officials across California have dramatically reduced the numbers of youth locked in juvenile detention facilities – a decrease that justice advocates long decrying the over-incarceration of the nation’s young people might once have dreamed of.


Judge Shoots Down Bid to Free Youth from Juvenile Detention During Pandemic

Even as the coronavirus continues to grow in juvenile halls, a Los Angeles County judge on Tuesday denied a bid to release scores of incarcerated youth in the midst of the deadly pandemic. 


California Department of Justice Weighs in on Freeing Youth in Lockups

Just one day after advocates for juveniles locked up in Los Angeles County during the coronavirus pandemic appealed to the California Supreme Court for relief, the state’s top prosecutor has reminded local officials they can act more swiftly to release prisoners in perilous conditions.


California Child Welfare System Braces for Coronavirus Impact 

As state and local leaders throughout Los Angeles County and statewide work to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, concerns remain about how such measures could impact youth and families involved with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. 


A Plan for the Nation’s First Civilian-Run Probation Oversight Commission

A team tasked with creating the nation’s first civilian-run probation oversight commission is demanding unannounced inspections to juvenile detention facilities, subpoena power and an independent grievance filing system. Those are among the slate of powers required to make the commission “an authentic and robust oversight body,” according to the Probation Reform Implementation Team, the group appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to create the commission.


    Six Los Angeles Probation Officers Criminally Charged in Pepper Spray Case

    Six Los Angeles County probation officers are facing criminal charges as a result of an investigation into the use of pepper spray on youth held at the Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall last year, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.


    Los Angeles Pushes Effort to Place More Juvenile Justice Prevention Funds Outside of Probation

    On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors ordered the probation department to redouble its efforts to spend down $79 million earmarked for delinquency prevention, and spend a greater share of it on community-based organizations.


    Los Angeles Probation Leaders Battle Over Treatment of Incarcerated Youth

    At a recent meeting of the Los Angeles County Probation Commission, tensions about how the county is implementing an alternative to solitary confinement in local juvenile detention centers boiled over during the questioning of a senior member of the Probation Department.