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OPINION
December 5, 2013
Re "L.A. County speeds up plan to rebuild youth probation camp," Nov. 26 Los Angeles County's probation camp system, based on an 80-year-old correctional design, represents an outdated approach to juvenile justice. The camps' institutional design, with barracks-style dormitories and open bathrooms, has failed to meet the complex needs of incarcerated youth and remains an impediment to reform. Through the Camp Kilpatrick replacement project, the county has the opportunity to further leave behind decades of abuse and poor outcomes and create a rehabilitative camp focused on treatment and improving the lives of young people.
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OPINION
April 15, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Alex Hribal, the 16-year-old suspect in a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school, has been charged as an adult by local prosecutors. That's not unusual. According to the National Juvenile Justice Network, an estimated 200,000 minors are tried, sentenced or incarcerated as adults in the United States every year. Those numbers reflect a trend dating back to the 1990s, when states started making it easier to divert adolescents accused of some crimes from the juvenile justice system - where the overriding objective is rehabilitation - to the adult criminal justice system, which emphasizes retribution and deterrence.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A young man was shot to death in Compton early Tuesday evening but police were releasing few details about the incident. The shooting occurred about 6:10 p.m. in the 1300 block of Chester Avenue, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Homicide Report: Tracking killings in L.A. County The victim, a male juvenile, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release. ALSO: Social workers involved in horrific child torture case fired Lake Forest explosion not a meteor, probably fireworks blast O.C. firefighter among those arrested in Huntington Beach rioting Twitter: @aribloomekatz | Facebook ari.bloomekatz@latimes.com
NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By Richard Simon
MONROEVILLE, Pa. -- The attorney for the 16-year-old suspect in a high school stabbing rampage discounted bullying as a motive, saying Thursday that Alex Hribal had endured some teasing from classmates but nothing "overbearing" that would equate to bullying. After meeting with Alex Hribal for several hours at a juvenile jail, attorney Patrick Thomassey said the motivation for Wednesday's mayhem  at Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville remained a “mystery” to him and the boy's parents because Hribal doesn't have any history of mental illness or violent behavior.
OPINION
June 26, 2012
Ruling on two cases involving 14-year-old murderers, the Supreme Court on Monday rightly struck down laws in 28 states that require some minors convicted of murder to be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Unfortunately, the justices stopped short of prohibiting all such sentences, thereby muddying the legal waters and making it likely that they will have to consider future cases from states, such as California, where that penalty is permissible but not required. Monday's 5-4 decision involved two crimes.
OPINION
September 12, 1993
Juvenile hoodlums rape, rob, kidnap and murder innocent victims on a daily basis. Names cannot be released "because of their age." Isn't it time to change this outdated rule? These "alleged" young criminals may be released on bail pending trial. How will unsuspecting law-abiding families know a possible dangerous outlaw resides in their midst? RUTH V. ENAKEFF, Downey
NATIONAL
November 5, 2013 | By David Horsey, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Imagine yourself taking a job where, for the first year or two, you have to put up with verbal taunts and physical intimidation from your more senior co-workers; where you are expected to serve their every whim, submit to involuntary head shaving and pick up the tab for thousands of dollars worth of meals that those more senior workers consume. You probably would say, “Take this job and shove it.” That is pretty much what second-year tackle Jonathan Martin told the Miami Dolphins this week when he left the team and returned home to Los Angeles.
NATIONAL
September 28, 2009 | David G. Savage
Joe Sullivan was 13 years old when he and two older boys broke into a home, where they robbed and raped an elderly woman. After a one-day trial in 1989, Sullivan was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole. Terrance Graham was 16 when he and two others robbed a restaurant. When he was arrested again a year later for a home break-in, a Florida judge said he was incorrigible. In 2005, Graham received a life term with no parole. The two young convicts represent an American phenomenon, one the Supreme Court is set to reconsider in the fall term that opens Oct. 5. At issue is whether it is cruel and unusual punishment to imprison a minor until he or she dies when the crime does not involve murder.
OPINION
February 6, 2005
I suppose your new Sunday Opinion columnist, Joel Stein, was hired for his youthful edginess, but all I'm seeing is someone juvenile and coarse. Why not bury him on the Sports pages or somewhere where his stories of porn star encounters won't take space away from the issues facing our troubled city and world? Better yet, fire him and the dope who thought he was a good idea. I have subscribed to The Times since the 1980s, but it's come to this: him or me. Dawna Kaufmann Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will close two of the state's eight juvenile prisons by July. The department said Friday that the Dewitt Nelson Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton and El Paso de Robles Youth Correctional Facility in Paso Robles would close. Together they house about 400 inmates and employ about 800 workers. A declining juvenile prison population and a new state law that aims to keep less serious offenders in their communities prompted the closures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County supervisors are considering an overhaul of the county's system for defending juveniles accused of crimes. Under-age criminal defendants who can't afford a lawyer are generally represented by someone from the county public defender's office. But when that office is already representing another defendant in the case or a special circumstance arises, lawyers from a separate panel step in to remove the potential conflict of interest. Advocates argue that the switch creates another problem: The private lawyers the county contracts with for these cases, known as panel attorneys, are paid less - a flat rate of $319 to $345 per case - and may not represent their clients as vigorously.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A high school student who allegedly set fire to another teenager's skirt on a bus in Oakland will be tried as an adult. An Alameda County Superior Court judge on Thursday rejected arguments from defense attorneys that 16-year-old Richard Thomas should be tried as a juvenile, according to the San Francisco Chronicle . Instead, Richard will face hate-crime charges as an adult. Thomas allegedly told a police officer after the Nov. 4 incident that he set 18-year-old Luke "Sasha" Fleischman's skirt on fire because he was "homophobic.
NATIONAL
December 24, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court struck down a judge's power to choose to give a life sentence without parole to juveniles. The unanimous ruling by the state's highest court came after the U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down mandatory life sentences for minors. The state's top court went further in its Tuesday ruling, saying that even discretionary sentences should be banned. “Given the unique characteristics of juvenile offenders, they should be afforded, in appropriate circumstances, the opportunity to be considered for parole suitability,” the court wrote in its decision.
OPINION
December 5, 2013
Re "L.A. County speeds up plan to rebuild youth probation camp," Nov. 26 Los Angeles County's probation camp system, based on an 80-year-old correctional design, represents an outdated approach to juvenile justice. The camps' institutional design, with barracks-style dormitories and open bathrooms, has failed to meet the complex needs of incarcerated youth and remains an impediment to reform. Through the Camp Kilpatrick replacement project, the county has the opportunity to further leave behind decades of abuse and poor outcomes and create a rehabilitative camp focused on treatment and improving the lives of young people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County officials took steps Tuesday to speed up a $48-million plan to rebuild and modernize one of the county's probation camps for young offenders. Camp Kilpatrick, an aging 125-bed facility for juvenile offenders in Malibu, is slated to be torn down and reconstructed under a new design that probation officials said would allow them to implement a new "small group treatment" model. "I think when it's finished, Los Angeles will have a state-of-the-art facility, and people will be coming from across the nation to see how to do it right," said probation department Assistant Chief Don Meyer, who oversees the county's 13 probation camps and three juvenile halls.
NATIONAL
November 5, 2013 | By David Horsey, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Imagine yourself taking a job where, for the first year or two, you have to put up with verbal taunts and physical intimidation from your more senior co-workers; where you are expected to serve their every whim, submit to involuntary head shaving and pick up the tab for thousands of dollars worth of meals that those more senior workers consume. You probably would say, “Take this job and shove it.” That is pretty much what second-year tackle Jonathan Martin told the Miami Dolphins this week when he left the team and returned home to Los Angeles.
WORLD
October 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A new Iranian judicial directive bans the execution of juvenile offenders for drug crimes but keeps capital punishment for those convicted of murder, a top judiciary official said. Hossein Zabhi, deputy state public prosecutor, said judges are still required under Iran's Islamic-based laws to hand down death sentences for minors convicted of murder if the victim's family refuses financial compensation. Mohammad Mostafaei, a lawyer who has launched a campaign against execution of juveniles, welcomed the new directive but said it was not sufficient.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1992
Ventura County sheriff's narcotics officers, assisted by the FBI, seized 28 pounds of marijuana and arrested two men and a juvenile in south Oxnard on Thursday after negotiating to buy the illicit drug, authorities said. The arrest occurred at 5:20 p.m. in the 6000 block of Arcturus Avenue, where undercover officers had agreed to meet to purchase 28 pounds of marijuana from Rigoberto Elenes Higuera, 27, of Oxnard, Sheriff's Sgt. Arnie Aviles said.
SPORTS
November 2, 2013 | By John Cherwa
The Juvenile is the race that should foreshadow the Kentucky Derby favorite. The favorite, yes, the winner, almost never. Of the 29 previous Breeders' Cup Juvenile winners, only one -- Street Sense in 2006 -- has achieved that double. But that doesn't keep people from dreaming, and currently that optimism belongs to New Year's Day and trainer Bob Baffert. The horse saved ground throughout the race, coming off the rail only twice and was fourth at the start of the stretch and came charging late to win the 1 1/16-mile race by 1 1/4-lengths.
SPORTS
November 2, 2013 | By John Cherwa
Common sense would dictate that the horse who wins the biggest 2-year-old race of the year would then be destined for greatness six months later in the Kentucky Derby. But when did common sense and racing ever go together? Instead, it has been more of a curse. In the previous 29 years, only one horse has won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the Kentucky Derby - Street Sense in 2006 and 2007. New Year's Day is hoping to change that history on the first Saturday in May. The lightly raced 2-year-old was guided by jockey Martin Garcia to seventh at the three-quarter-mile pole, fourth at the top of the stretch and won going away by 11/4 lengths.
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