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.
California Youth Have Been Pepper Sprayed More Than 5,000 Times in Three Years
Young people in California’s juvenile justice system were exposed to chemical agents like pepper spray more than 5,000 times over the course of three years, according to a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California.
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 Bans Use of Pepper Spray on Kids in Juvenile Justice Facilities
When the Los Angeles County Supervisors voted unanimously on February 19, to slam the door on the use of pepper spray on the kids in the care of L.A. County Probation, they expressed their intention in unusually forceful terms.
Los Angeles Tackles an Overreliance on Pepper Spray in its Juvenile Halls
Los Angeles County continues to wrestle with the safety and well-being of youth in its juvenile detention facilities after a new report found the Probation Department has too often used pepper spray on youth.
After Feds Leave, Pepper Spray Use Skyrockets Again in L.A.’s Juvenile Justice System
Just a few years after Los Angeles County exited a monitoring agreement with the Department of Justice, the county’s probation department has seen a return of rampant use of pepper spray in settling altercations and other misbehavior at juvenile detention facilities.
California’s Juvenile Facility Guards Might Have to Turn in Their Pepper Spray Soon
California is one of only five states that allows guards at juvenile facilities free reign to carry chemical spray to restrain youth held there. A coalition of advocates and lawmakers in the state are working on a bilateral effort to bring an end to this long-standing practice.
Wisconsin Juvenile Justice’s Use of Solitary, Pepper Spray Violates Constitution, Lawsuit Says
A class-action lawsuit announced today accuses the Wisconsin Department of Corrections of housing nearly one-fifth of its juvenile wards in solitary confinement, often for unnamed or minor offenses, and wantonly using chemical restraints on incarcerated youths.