Los Angeles Eyes Chicago Program as Replacement for Voluntary Probation
As the Los Angeles County Probation Department dismantles a controversial shadow probation program in schools, some county education officials worry that they will be left with fewer resources to work with young people who misbehave at school.
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.
The Rise of Voluntary Probation for L.A. County Youth
While Los Angeles County has seen a historic decline of the number of youth in its juvenile camps and halls in recent years, a “voluntary probation” program run by the Los Angeles County Probation Department has dramatically expanded during that time, alarming some advocates.