L.A. County Monitors Will Check Kids’ Safety At Probation Camps


Threatened by a federal lawsuit over dangerous conditions at Los Angeles County’s juvenile probation camps, county supervisors will hire a team of independent monitors to improve safety at the 19 facilities, reports the Los Angeles Times. “The county finally conceded it needed to address issues in the camps,” Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said. “The Department of Justice forced probation’s hand.”

Last month, justice officials who inspected the camps last year found poorly trained staff members who were routinely violating standards. The county supervises about 2,000 juveniles at long-term probation camps at any given time and a similar number in temporary detention at probation halls. The report found that probation officers roughed up minors under their supervision, instigated or allowed fights, denied medical treatment, and drank alcohol in staff quarters. Probation Chief Robert Taylor said the monitoring is “an opportunity to bring our facilities up to where they should be.”

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-probation19-2008nov19,0,4023052.story

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