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June 10, 1995 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The county's top prosecutor and other elected officials shared a podium with youthful offenders Friday to oppose state budget cuts that could cripple the state's youth camp system, particularly in Los Angeles County. The hearing, held at Camp Karl Holton, a juvenile probation camp in the Angeles National Forest north of San Fernando, was called by Assemblywoman Paula L. Boland (R-Granada Hills) in response to Gov.
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November 19, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Hennessy-Fiske is a Times staff writer.
Threatened by a federal lawsuit over dangerous conditions at Los Angeles County's juvenile probation camps, county supervisors said Tuesday that they will hire a team of independent monitors to improve safety at the 19 facilities. "The county finally conceded it needed to address issues in the camps," Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said. "The Department of Justice forced probation's hand."
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August 2, 2002 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three teenagers escaped from Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles late Wednesday, including two convicted of murder in adult courts, after they overpowered guards using a firearm that was apparently smuggled in, officials said Thursday. Jose Argueta, 17, Marvin Sandoval, 17, and Fernando Nupiri, 18, who remained at large Thursday evening, began their escape about 11:35 p.m. the previous night, when one was allowed out of his locked room to get a drink of water, authorities said.
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May 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The family of a teenager who died after being roughed up by guards at a juvenile boot camp last year will receive $5 million under a bill signed in Tallahassee by Gov. Charlie Crist. Martin Lee Anderson, 14, died in January 2006 shortly after being kneed and struck and having ammonia tablets held to his nose at the military-style facility run by the Bay County Sheriff's Office in Panama City. Seven guards and a nurse at the camp face manslaughter charges.
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February 21, 1990 | TRACY WILKINSON and JOEL SAPPELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rescuer Cris Baitx, using first his fists, then his head, had twice punched his way out of the ice on Convict Lake and was going under for a third time. Panicked, he was drifting in and out of consciousness in the frigid waters where three teen-age boys had already disappeared and four other men struggled to stay afloat. "I was sure I was gone," Baitx told The Times on Tuesday. "I was thinking of my wife and kids and are they going to be OK, because I'm history." He was wrong.
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February 20, 1990 | CATHLEEN DECKER and KENDAL PATE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Seven people apparently drowned in this freezing Sierra lake Monday, three of them teen-agers on a holiday skating party and four would-be rescuers. Another youth and a volunteer fire chief were plucked from the lake to safety. Witnesses described a dramatic and ultimately futile effort to rescue all the victims, in what ranks among the worst tragedies of its kind in the United States in at least a decade.
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July 24, 1990 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Their jailers forbid intimacy beyond hand-holding, but male and female prisoners of the California Youth Authority's Ventura School have nevertheless paired off to conceive eight children in state custody since March, 1987, records show. The eighth baby is due in November. The Camarillo compound, which houses virtually all of the state's incarcerated female youth offenders, is the California Youth Authority's only co-educational facility.
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September 19, 1988 | JOSH GETLIN, Times Staff Writer
In a grim portrait of youthful offenders, a federal study released Sunday indicated that nearly 39% of the 18,226 juveniles in long-term youth correctional institutions were jailed for violent crimes, and that nearly three out of five used drugs regularly. The study, based on a survey of youthful offenders by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, also revealed that more than half of those who used drugs said that they began at the age of 14.
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July 29, 1990 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Youth Authority's co-educational compound in Camarillo has a new superintendent--and a strict new set of rules aimed at halting forbidden sexual encounters between male and female inmates. "Work crews working together, recreation-type activities together, parties, volunteers with co-ed programs--that's now stopped," said Manuel Carbajal, who took over Tuesday as head of the Ventura School. Co-ed activities now are "limited to school and Sunday worship," Carbajal added.
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February 22, 1990 | YOLANDA RODRIGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two teen-agers used a cot as a battering ram to break a window pane and escape from San Diego County Juvenile Hall on Tuesday, officials said. The youths--a 15-year-old federal detainee and a 17-year-old accused of murder--broke out five minutes after probation officers had routinely checked the room they shared, said Jim Poe, deputy chief probation officer of juvenile institutions. The 15-year-old is charged with smuggling people across the border, a U.S. marshal said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
One of the four youths who escaped from an Orange County juvenile detention camp in the Cleveland National Forest has been arrested, authorities said Friday. Anthony Soto, 17, escaped with three 16-year-olds Sunday from the Los Pinos Conservation Camp, said sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. Soto was taken into custody Thursday in Anaheim after a foot chase by Anaheim police and county probation officers. The other teens remain at large, Amormino said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2007 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
Authorities asked for the public's help Wednesday in their search for four youths who made a violent escape Sunday from a juvenile detention camp in Orange County's Cleveland National Forest. The boys allegedly fought their way out of the low-security Los Pinos Conservation Camp shortly before midnight. When a Probation Department deputy tried to stop them, one of the boys struck him with a heavy metal pipe, sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.
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March 17, 2007 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
The entire governing board of the Texas Youth Commission resigned Friday, the latest fallout from reports that officials covered up claims of sexual abuse in state detention centers. Last month, the Dallas Morning News and the Texas Observer website reported that a Texas Rangers investigation had concluded top officials at a juvenile center had molested youths in their custody. The administrators under suspicion were allowed to resign quietly, and prosecutors did not charge anyone.
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March 14, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved spending $1.7 million to fund 90 new positions in the juvenile halls and probation camps to improve conditions there. The jobs for custodians, secretaries, probation officers, technology specialists and others are part of the county Probation Department's ongoing efforts to improve conditions for juvenile offenders. The county is trying to fulfill Justice Department requirements for reforming the three juvenile halls.
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March 1, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Gov. Rick Perry replaced the chairman of the state's juvenile prisons board Wednesday over a report that the agency covered up sex abuse of inmates, but lawmakers demanded bigger changes. The Texas Senate held a rare evening session and approved a resolution urging Perry to overhaul the Texas Youth Commission by replacing the seven-member board and the executive director with an independent administrator who could investigate and fire employees who covered up abuse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Attempts to improve conditions at the county's juvenile halls made little progress last month while problems in at least two areas actually worsened, according to a report issued Friday. The report by the county auditor-controller found that probation officials failed to make headway in complying with 25 of 52 improvements called for by the U.S. Department of Justice. The report noted reduced compliance in youth hygiene and counseling services.
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April 17, 1990 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the opening day of a trial that challenges the way errant youths are treated at Juvenile Hall, a civil rights lawyer said he would prove that it is not necessary to physically restrain adolescents who misbehave. Mark I. Soler, an attorney with San Francisco's Youth Law Center, said in a brief opening statement that the six-week trial will focus on the practice of binding juvenile detainees to a metal-frame bed when they are deemed to be out of control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2001 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's juvenile justice system needs better facilities, accredited classes and a number of other improvements, according to a report released Wednesday. "Part of rehabilitation is to provide a structure and environment that will make these kids good citizens when they are back in the community," said Joe Boyle, a member of the Orange County Grand Jury, which began studying the system last fall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2007 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
Two years ago, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stood inside one of California's most violent youth prisons and pledged to turn the state's disgraced correctional system for the young into a national model. To reach that goal, the governor now wants to radically shrink the population, shipping about half the state's inmates to county lockups. That provocative policy shift, which must be approved by the Legislature, was unveiled as part of the governor's budget last week. Details are sketchy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2006 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Girls in trouble with the law in Orange County are being taught how to act, dress and even salsa as part of an ambitious project to boost their self-esteem and provide them with the basic social skills and support they will need to lead productive lives.
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