The Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review has issued a scathing report on internal investigations in the county Probation Department, finding that at least 31 sworn employees who committed misconduct and abuse will probably escape discipline because investigators took too long to complete their cases, reports the L.A. Times. The lawyer who led review at the request of the county’s Board of Supervisors said “the system is broken down in so many ways, from the inception of the investigation all the way through.”
Of the 31 sworn staff slated for discipline who will probably go unpunished by the department, 18 had been charged with crimes including cruelty to a child, sex with a minor, prostitution, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting an officer and battery. Of the 18 charged, at least 10 have been convicted. Supervisors became alarmed about problems in the department’s internal investigations after the Times reported in February that sworn probation employees working in the county’s juvenile detention halls and camps had committed misconduct and abuse and in some cases escaped discipline.