According to the Oakland Tribune, the California Corrections Standards Authority, a watchdog agency that oversees detention facilities all over the nation’s most populous state, has been sued in San Francisco Superior Court for allegedly failing to address abominable conditions in county juvenile halls. The lawsuit cites overcrowding, unsafe conditions and civil rights violations in juvenile halls in eight counties. Attorneys for the plaintiffs say they may also sue the counties individually if they do not address the problems on their own.
The suit was filed by the Prison Law Office, which had previously obtained a consent decree forcing reforms at the California Youth Authority, an agency that runs state juvenile correctional facilities. Lawyers involved in the most recent litigation said some of the problems in the juvenile halls at the county level came to light as a result of the earlier lawsuit.