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Metropolitan Digest / LOS ANGELES COUNTY NEWS IN BRIEF

LOS ANGELES COUNTY : Fund Shift Urged to Keep Probation Camps Open

April 20, 1993

Chief Administrative Officer Harry Hufford said Monday he has identified $7.7 million in funds to keep Los Angeles County's 19 probation camps for juvenile offenders open until June 30.

The camps faced closure after state officials said earlier this month that they could not provide the $30 million in annual funds needed for the camps. Officials have said most of the 2,000 youths in the camps would be released from custody if the camps are closed.

Hufford said he can temporarily fund the camps with $3 million in unspent funds allotted to the Hope in Youth, an anti-gang program which has been unable to start operations this year. Additional support for the camps could come from the county's Productivity Investment Fund. Supervisors are expected to vote on the proposal today.

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