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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1995
Again the specter of budget cuts rears its ugly head. We all flinch from the painful cuts that must be imposed due to unfunded federal and state mandates, program cutbacks, reductions of county and state funding and a whole myriad of reasons. A case in point is the proposed closure of the county juvenile camps and schools. Counties and cities support Assembly Bill 799 because it encourages funding of juvenile camps/schools to provide supervised detention, appropriate educational programs to over 5,000 high-risk students and a program to decrease the risk of crime by juveniles through education, supervision and caring administration.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Abby Sewell, This post has been corrected. See below for details
Los Angeles County will explore an agreement with the state Department of Motor Vehicles that could make it easier for offenders coming out of county jails and juvenile camps to get identification cards, potentially aiding them in finding jobs and enrolling in school or treatment programs. County supervisors voted Tuesday to study the feasibility of having DMV workers stationed at county jails and probation facilities to help ex-offenders who lack identification cards. In December, the board directed several county departments, including the Sheriff's and Probation departments and county registrar, to establish a process for providing vital records to offenders who may not have them.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1999
The Board of Supervisors has called for increasing education for the thousands of juveniles incarcerated in its probation camps. Currently, youths sent to the camps by courts sit through from three to four hours of scholastic instruction a day. A proposal by Supervisor Don Knabe, which passed unanimously Tuesday, ordered county staff to study how to expand that time to at least five hours per day, the state requirement for youths outside the delinquency system.
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camp," Nov. 26 Los Angeles County's probation camp system, based on an 80-year-old correctional design, represents an outdated approach to juvenile justice.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
May 20, 1993 | SCOTT HARRIS
The teacher has instructed Byron to guide me the short distance from the classrooms to the headquarters at Camp Holton, a high-security juvenile probation facility in Little Tujunga Canyon. It is obvious that Byron, a 17-year-old teacher's aide at Karl Holton High School, is one of the more trusted campers. The silence is awkward. "What are you in for?" "Manslaughter." A few more steps. "Car accident?" Byron nods yes. Poor dumb kid.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1989 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Curtis is 15 with heavily muscled arms and, at times, a heavily muscled head. He doesn't like listening to other people's advice or orders. That's why he's been at Camp Kilpatrick in Malibu for 10 months instead of the six months that the average teen-age inmate spends at the juvenile probation camp. But gradually Curtis is getting the point. "I'm learning to hold back what I say," said the youth, who was placed at Kilpatrick as a ward of the Juvenile Court after being arrested for driving with a loaded firearm and selling drugs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2004 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Late changes to the state budget spared the Orange County Probation Department from laying off 150 workers and closing two juvenile camps, the county's top probation officer said Tuesday. Had state lawmakers followed through with plans to cut $12.5 million in department funding, department officials were prepared to shut down the Los Pinos camp in the Cleveland National Forest and the Joplin Youth Center in Trabuco Canyon, said Chief Probation Officer Stephanie Lewis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
The hiring of new Los Angeles County probation workers has been significantly complicated, officials said Tuesday, because stricter standards imposed over the last year have disqualified applicants convicted of certain crimes and required others to submit to polygraph tests and extensive background checks. Probation officials said that only about 10% to 20% of applicants are making it through the new hiring and screening process at a time when the department is racing to add officers to cope with an influx of state prison inmates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1989
Budget cuts, proposed by Gov. George Deukmejian, would close county juvenile camps across the state. At least 3,000 young offenders would be forced into the overcrowded, more heavily guarded and more expensive facilities of the California Youth Authority. Or teen-age lawbreakers could be returned--without the help they so desperately need--to their old neighborhoods. The camps, run by the counties, are funded in large part through state aid provided by the County Justice System subvention program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Abby Sewell, This post has been corrected. See below for details
Los Angeles County will explore an agreement with the state Department of Motor Vehicles that could make it easier for offenders coming out of county jails and juvenile camps to get identification cards, potentially aiding them in finding jobs and enrolling in school or treatment programs. County supervisors voted Tuesday to study the feasibility of having DMV workers stationed at county jails and probation facilities to help ex-offenders who lack identification cards. In December, the board directed several county departments, including the Sheriff's and Probation departments and county registrar, to establish a process for providing vital records to offenders who may not have them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
The hiring of new Los Angeles County probation workers has been significantly complicated, officials said Tuesday, because stricter standards imposed over the last year have disqualified applicants convicted of certain crimes and required others to submit to polygraph tests and extensive background checks. Probation officials said that only about 10% to 20% of applicants are making it through the new hiring and screening process at a time when the department is racing to add officers to cope with an influx of state prison inmates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2013 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Despite earlier concerns over the quality of its food, an Atlanta company was given $6 million worth of contracts Tuesday to keep providing meals to four Los Angeles County juvenile probation camps. Some county supervisors had raised concerns over the quality of camp fare after reports of youths complaining about unhealthy meals. But supervisors unanimously approved several contracts with Morrison Management Specialists. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas also asked that probation department officials report back on how they plan to provide nutritious meals to juveniles and that any health code violations at the camps be investigated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2012 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Department of Justice will continue for at least another year to oversee reforms at Los Angeles County's 14 juvenile probation camps, under an agreement announced Thursday. In 2008, the county's Probation Department accepted federal monitoring after being threatened with a takeover unless it did more to prevent youth suicides, stop employees from harming juvenile delinquents and improve rehabilitative services. The oversight was set to expire this month. The Probation Department was required to fulfill 41 reforms in its juvenile justice system, including improving staffing levels, decreasing violence and reducing the number of use-of-force incidents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2012 | Sandy Banks
The Mustangs will take to the field for the final time this fall. The sports program at the Kilpatrick juvenile detention center is being disbanded - "suspended," officials call it - so the 50-year-old facility in the Malibu Hills can be leveled and rebuilt. The remake has been in the works for years; it's one of the oldest, most decrepit of the county's 14 rural juvenile camps, with a gym yellow-tagged since the Northridge earthquake and a pitted, patchy playing field. But it is also the only camp with a sports program , one that made a national name for itself six years ago in the movie "Gridiron Gang.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2011 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Winchester, Calif. -- Before the competition had even begun, Ty Kastendiek was told, again and again, that he and his boys had already won. The math and social studies teacher at Camp David Gonzales, a juvenile probation camp in Calabasas, had worked tirelessly with a group of incarcerated young men to turn a kit of wooden planks into a solar-powered boat, able to compete against vessels built by high school students from across Southern...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2010 | By Richard Winton and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
A onetime Los Angeles County probation officer has been charged with meeting a 16-year-old girl for a sexual liaison at a Palmdale motel. He had met the girl when she was being held at a county juvenile camp where he worked. Jeffrey Eckler, who was fired in the wake of the rendezvous, allegedly exchanged steamy text messages with the girl before their March 23, 2009, meeting, according to L.A. prosecutors. The girl had run away from a county group home to meet with Eckler, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County probation officials are investigating organized fights between incarcerated youth in a juvenile probation camp classroom, the second time in recent months that they have acknowledged such bouts. The new incidents, which came to light when probation authorities discovered three fight videos posted to the Internet, raise concerns about lack of supervision in a department already under federal scrutiny. Many questions remain about how the youths were able to record the fights, whether any adult was present at the time and how juveniles in a locked facility were able to access the Internet to post them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2010 | By Garrett Therolf
Three plaintiffs who were incarcerated by the Los Angeles County Probation Department as minors filed a class-action complaint in federal court Tuesday alleging a total breakdown in the school at Camp Challenger in Lancaster. The three allege that teachers at the county's largest probation camp routinely missed classes without explanation, punished students who asked for instruction by sending them out of the classroom and, in the case of one plaintiff, awarded a high school diploma despite the fact that the student was illiterate.
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