Eight recent escapes from Los Angeles County juvenile detention facilities have resulted in criticism of L.A. juvenile authorities by members of the county board of supervisors, according to the Los Angeles Times. “It’s just constant on these escapes,” County Supervisor Gloria Molina said during a March 28 board meeting. “Is there accountability that’s going on here? I’m concerned.”
But the Times points out that three and a half years ago, the same supervisors who are complaining now demanded reforms after three teenage inmates used a smuggled handgun to escape from a county juvenile hall. Although some steps were taken to improve security, other key reforms that might have prevented the recent rash of escapes were never implemented — and the board of supervisors never followed up.