Sheila Kuehl

Los Angeles County Supervisors Approve Therapeutic Approaches to Youth Detention


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.

Color-blind Removal Approach Gains National Interest


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.

Weston Charles-Gallo describes his life as an LGBTQ foster youth.


LGBTQ Youth Make Up One Third of Foster Care, But Are Often Poorly Served

One in three foster youth identify as LGBTQ, and evidence shows they are among the most likely to face difficulty in government care.


Los Angeles Weighs Ballot Proposal to Fund Alternatives to Incarceration

As communities across the U.S. grapple with how to divert money from law enforcement agencies to correct for long-standing racial injustice, Los Angeles County supervisors think the voters should decide. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted to advance a proposal headed for the November ballot that would direct as much as $800 million “to address the disproportionate impact of racial injustice through community investment and alternatives to incarceration.” 


L.A. County Leaders Want To Keep Juvenile Incarceration Numbers Low After Pandemic

During the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic, Los Angeles County released hundreds of youth from lockup over fears that juvenile detention centers would breed infection. Now, local leaders are looking for ways to ensure that the numbers of youth incarcerated at juvenile halls and camps do not rise to pre-pandemic levels.


Los Angeles County Creates Its First Ever Youth Commission

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create the county’s first Youth Commission, answering long-standing calls from youth advocates to give young people a seat at the table shaping policies and programs that impact their lives. 


    Los Angeles Wants to Turn More Probation Officers into Social Workers

    Los Angeles County leaders want more probation officers to pursue social work degrees, and more social workers to pursue careers in probation. A motion approved by a 5-0 vote of the county’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday ordered the study of a plan to incentivize the pursuit of social work degrees by probation staff, along with recommendations for recruiting more degree-holding social workers into the department.


    After the Tragic Death of an LGBTQ Foster Youth, Few Answers for His Family

    The family of a 19-year-old transgender foster youth who recently committed suicide said Los Angeles child welfare officials repeatedly ignored their pleas for mental health services and placement with a relative.


    Key Details in 4-Year-Old’s Mysterious Death Should Emerge Soon

    On July 9, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva stepped to the lectern during a press conference focused on the suspicious death of 4-year-old Noah Cuatro. Four days earlier, on July 5, Noah’s parents called 911 claiming that their son had drowned in their high desert apartment complex pool.