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January 30, 1993
Members of Los Angeles County's legislative delegation and the Board of Supervisors agreed Friday to develop a joint strategy to keep open the county's financially strapped probation camps for young offenders. The county needs $60 million to save the 19 camps, which house youths convicted of a variety of crimes, mostly felonies. The camps are financed from the General Fund. Officials have said that without state help the camps will be closed by May 1.
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August 19, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
County officials released a plan that calls for more managerial oversight and a streamlined way to handle troubled youths at MacLaren Children's Center in El Monte. The report released Friday came amid allegations that children have been injured by staff members at the center for abused and emotionally troubled youths. The report will be presented to the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
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July 1, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County's child welfare agency moved Wednesday to sever its relationship with a private foster care operation in whose care two children have died over the past three months. As a so-called foster family agency, Grace Home for Waiting Children got its funding by receiving children from the county Department of Children and Family Services and placing them in individual foster homes. Grace Home certifies those homes as safe and is supposed to monitor them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2001 | ERIN PARK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a few tables, bookshelves and computers, the room in the camp for delinquent boys may look nondescript. But with the dedication Friday, Camp Kenyon J. Scudder in Saugus became the first of Los Angeles County's 19 such camps to boast a library. The library was the brainchild of Aundre Vann, who graduated from a tough childhood to a 1 1/2-year stint in Camp Scudder that ended in September 1999. Now 19, he's a painter in Long Beach who credits the camp with straightening him out.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1993 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State and county officials met at a Los Angeles County youth probation camp in Little Tujunga Canyon on Friday to work on a financial partnership that could keep such camps open for another year. Last year's lean county budget called for closing 18 of the county's 19 camps, which annually house an estimated 4,500 youthful offenders, some of whom would otherwise be placed with more hardened criminals in California Youth Authority prisons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1997 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For more than seven decades, the Pacific Lodge Boys Home has operated with little public incident or controversy, quietly aiming to guide wards of the court out of trouble and into productive adult lives. For the past two years the group home has sponsored occasional symposiums where dozens of parents, law-enforcement officials and social workers sit down to search for practical solutions to teenage crime and abuse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1993 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The powerful Assembly Ways and Means Committee unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would provide $33 million next year for youth probation camps, including about $11 million to potentially save 18 of Los Angeles County's 19 camps from closing due to budget cuts. Los Angeles County officials have been lobbying for such a bailout from the state, saying it is the only way they can keep the camps open and prevent thousands of dangerous youthful offenders from being let loose on the streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
Juvenile probation camps in Los Angeles County that had been threatened with closure because of the budget squeeze appear to have been spared by an agreement between the Wilson Administration and Assemblyman Terry B. Friedman (D-Brentwood). A Friedman bill to implement the agreement was passed Friday by the state Senate and returned to the Assembly for expected approval.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1993 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thousands of substance abusers would be unable to receive treatment for their dependencies under a proposal by Los Angeles County that would take nearly $12 million from drug and alcohol programs to keep the county's 19 juvenile probation camps open, critics of the move said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1993 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Fernando Valley lawmaker presented Gov. Pete Wilson with a letter Wednesday urging him to save Los Angeles County juvenile probation camps, where young criminals serve sentences, from closure in May. "The consequences to Los Angeles County will be dangerous and costly if the probation camps are closed," Assemblyman Terry B. Friedman (D-Brentwood) said in an interview. The camps are scheduled to close May 1 because the county, which faces an $845.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Using words such as "filthy," "unsightly" and "unsafe," the Los Angeles County Grand Jury drew a bleak picture of the county's juvenile detention camps and juvenile halls, which, it said, are desperately in need of renovation or replacement. In an unusually harshly worded report issued Friday, the grand jury said the juvenile facilities "are at best substandard," and called on the Board of Supervisors to invest the money to bring them up to par.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2000 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Earl Price couldn't make it to the hospital when his son, Isaiah, was born four months ago. The 17-year-old father was doing time in a juvenile probation camp. On Saturday, Earl met his son for the first time. He tucked his baseball cap into the back of his pants and held the tiny baby with the wide brown eyes close to his chest. He changed his diaper. He kissed Isaiah on the elbow, the cheek, the wispy curls on top of his head. Camp Fred C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2000 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ordinarily, discipline is strict at Camp Vernon Kilpatrick, the county's juvenile probation camp in the Malibu hills. But when a group of young offenders jumped up in class Wednesday to trade bear hugs and jab fists in the air, the teachers just stood by, waiting for them to settle down. The boys are among a small group enrolled in an experimental SAT preparation course while doing time.
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January 19, 2000 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A politically connected foster care agency under whose care two children died within three months last year spent nearly $500,000 in public funds inappropriately, including making payments to a finance company for the car of its executive director, a former county official, according to an audit released Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
Two teenagers escaped from a Los Angeles County juvenile "boot camp" for a few hours before being recaptured by sheriff's deputies, authorities said Saturday. It was the facility's second breakout in five days. Deputies on bicycle patrol caught the escapees in a store parking lot on Bouquet Canyon Road about three miles from Camp Kenyon Scudder, said Lt. Steve Dolan of the Santa Clarita sheriff's station. One boy, 17, was taken to Barry J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County's child welfare agency moved Wednesday to sever its relationship with a private foster care operation in whose care two children have died over the past three months. As a so-called foster family agency, Grace Home for Waiting Children got its funding by receiving children from the county Department of Children and Family Services and placing them in individual foster homes. Grace Home certifies those homes as safe and is supposed to monitor them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1993 | JERRY GILLAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Assembly on Monday overwhelmingly approved a bill to provide $33 million in state funds to keep open 18 juvenile probation camps slated for closure in Los Angeles County and three others elsewhere. A 63-1 vote sent the bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Terry B. Friedman (D-Brentwood), to the Senate. There was no Assembly debate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1993 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors once again delayed a decision Tuesday on whether to close 18 of the county's 19 juvenile probation camps, saying it desperately wanted to find stopgap funding to keep them open until a permanent solution is found. "This is not the time to pull the plug," Supervisor Mike Antonovich said. "The issue is public safety. Throwing in the towel is the wrong approach."
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June 25, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI and JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The private agency overseeing the foster mother who allegedly beat 2-year-old Gilbreania Wallace to death earlier this month has had another foster child die while in its care, and a third was shaken so hard he remains "in a vegetative state." All three cases occurred within the past 10 months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1998 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California KwikMart was the fifth stop on Sergio Medina's route that day, and it was all wrong from the start. A rock blocked access to the garbage bin he needed to empty. Blood-stained cardboard littered the surrounding enclosure. Blood poured out of the bin when its contents dropped into his truck. There, among the garbage, lay a dead boy, his head covered with blood. Sheriff's detectives arrived at the strip mall on Las Virgenes Canyon Road in Calabasas at 11:15 a.m. Aug. 27, 1997.
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