Los Angeles May Sever Juvenile Justice System from Probation Department
Following state reforms, Los Angeles County may be getting ready to wrest its juvenile justice system away from the county’s embattled Probation Department and place it under the auspices of a health-related or youth-serving department.
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 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.
Youth Arrests Drop in L.A. County, but Number of Those on ‘Voluntary Probation’ Has Shot Up
Since the revelation last year that nearly 3,600 at-risk youth in Los Angeles County were being supervised by Probation Department staff despite having never been charged with a crime, advocates have raised serious concerns about the so-called “voluntary probation” process.
L.A. County Approves Plan to Divert Youth from Justice System
With the support of a broad cross-section of juvenile justice advocates and newly minted Probation Department leadership, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal today that will create a comprehensive plan for juvenile diversion in the county.