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January 28, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There will be no pink underwear. Late last year, officers from San Bernardino County's Central Juvenile Hall, the state's most crowded youth jail, took a trip to Arizona. About to become the first in California to house juvenile inmates in military-style tents, they arrived in Maricopa County, Ariz., where Sheriff Joe Arpaio runs famously unpleasant jails, forcing inmates to wear pink underwear, eat green bologna and live in tents that outrage civil rights activists.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There will be no pink underwear. Late last year, officers from San Bernardino County's Central Juvenile Hall, the state's most crowded youth jail, took a trip to Arizona. About to become the first in California to house juvenile inmates in military-style tents, they arrived in Maricopa County, Ariz., where Sheriff Joe Arpaio runs famously unpleasant jails, forcing inmates to wear pink underwear, eat green bologna and live in tents that outrage civil rights activists.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1990 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No nighttime reading is allowed for youths forced to sleep in makeshift dormitories at the San Fernando Valley Juvenile Hall because guards fear that something as innocuous as a book or magazine could conceal a weapon. With the hall's population 45% over capacity, even the most minor fight has the potential for escalating out of control.
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May 12, 2000 | LISA RICHARDSON and JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The county's home for abused and neglected children--so overcrowded three years ago that some wards had to sleep in the gym foyer--has seen a dramatic population drop because of new policies aimed at keeping children out of such institutions. The average number of children living at the Orangewood Children's Home was 110 last year, compared to 234 in 1998, according to data compiled by the Orange County Grand Jury. The average stay of a child at Orangewood declined from 30 days to 15 days.
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March 27, 1997 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Overcrowding at Juvenile Hall has reached an all-time high in recent months and is being blamed for an increase in violence among inmates and earlier releases for some offenders, county officials said Wednesday. Juvenile Hall was designed for 374 inmates but on Tuesday held 500, officials said. With summer vacation approaching and the weather warming, the Probation Department, which runs the facility in Orange, is bracing for even more inmates.
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May 12, 2000 | LISA RICHARDSON and JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The county's home for abused and neglected children--so overcrowded three years ago that some wards had to sleep in the gym foyer--has seen a dramatic population drop because of new policies aimed at keeping children out of such institutions. The average number of children living at the Orangewood Children's Home was 110 last year, compared to 234 in 1998, according to data compiled by the Orange County Grand Jury. The average stay of a child at Orangewood declined from 30 days to 15 days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1990
Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey has been recertified. Barry Nidorf, chief probation officer of Los Angeles County, told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that the California Youth Authority restored Los Padrinos' certificate Monday night after deciding that the crowded facility is providing proper sleeping conditions. Los Padrinos was decertified because youths were sleeping on four-inch mattresses that didn't meet state standards.
NEWS
April 19, 1993 | Times Wire Services
A Justice Department study released Sunday found serious, widespread overcrowding at juvenile detention facilities across the nation. The study, announced by Atty. Gen. Janet Reno, found that nearly half of all youthful offenders are in facilities that are too crowded. Overcrowding was associated with higher rates of violence, suicidal behavior and greater use of short-term isolation as a disciplinary measure, the study found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1990 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The most recent inspection of the Orangewood Children's Home, now the focus of an investigation by juvenile authorities, cited no evidence of abusive behavior by staff members and found that the "overall quality of the environment appears to be very high." According to a report submitted to county authorities, however, officials found that the facility is faced with severe overcrowding that has caused "debilitating stress to both staff and children."
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March 27, 1997 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Overcrowding at Juvenile Hall has reached an all-time high in recent months and is being blamed for an increase in violence among inmates and earlier releases for some offenders, county officials said Wednesday. Juvenile Hall was designed for 374 inmates but on Tuesday held 500, officials said. With summer vacation approaching and the weather warming, the Probation Department, which runs the facility in Orange, is bracing for even more inmates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1995 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Faced with too many inmates and bankruptcy-depleted funding, the county was forced to grant early releases to 121 juvenile inmates last month and is considering alternative methods of housing future youthful offenders. Some crime-victim activists have expressed concerns about letting inmates out early, but Probation Department officials said Tuesday they had little choice given their tight budget. Juvenile Hall is funded to handle 374 inmates but as of Monday had 432.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1994 | DAVAN MAHARAJ
A judge issued an order Monday allowing the early release of almost four dozen juvenile offenders to ease overcrowding at the county's correctional facilities for youths. Under the order by Presiding Juvenile Court Judge Frank F. Fasel, probation officials may release 44 prisoners from the Probation Department's three camps: the Youth Guidance Center in Santa Ana, the Joplin Youth Center in Trabuco Canyon and the Los Pinos Conservation Camp off Ortega Highway.
NEWS
April 19, 1993 | Times Wire Services
A Justice Department study released Sunday found serious, widespread overcrowding at juvenile detention facilities across the nation. The study, announced by Atty. Gen. Janet Reno, found that nearly half of all youthful offenders are in facilities that are too crowded. Overcrowding was associated with higher rates of violence, suicidal behavior and greater use of short-term isolation as a disciplinary measure, the study found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1992 | BOB ELSTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For Carlos, a 14-year-old gang member who has been running the streets of Orange County with his homeboys stealing and burglarizing cars for almost five years, life has slowed to a crawl since a bracelet with a radio transmitter was shackled to his ankle four weeks ago. "I lay on my bed, sleep a lot and talk on the telephone. . . . My girlfriend is here just about every day," said Carlos, not his real name.
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January 10, 1992 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The county's Juvenile Hall is so desperately overcrowded that it has become a "degrading, demeaning, dehumanizing setting" that abuses children's basic rights, a Superior Court judge said Thursday. In announcing a tentative ruling in a class-action lawsuit, Judge Robert J. O'Neill said chronic crowding at the hall threatens sanitary conditions, leads to assaults and undermines the hall's mission of rehabilitating wayward youngsters. Built to accommodate 219, the hall commonly holds 400.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1995 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Faced with too many inmates and bankruptcy-depleted funding, the county was forced to grant early releases to 121 juvenile inmates last month and is considering alternative methods of housing future youthful offenders. Some crime-victim activists have expressed concerns about letting inmates out early, but Probation Department officials said Tuesday they had little choice given their tight budget. Juvenile Hall is funded to handle 374 inmates but as of Monday had 432.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1994 | DAVAN MAHARAJ
A judge issued an order Monday allowing the early release of almost four dozen juvenile offenders to ease overcrowding at the county's correctional facilities for youths. Under the order by Presiding Juvenile Court Judge Frank F. Fasel, probation officials may release 44 prisoners from the Probation Department's three camps: the Youth Guidance Center in Santa Ana, the Joplin Youth Center in Trabuco Canyon and the Los Pinos Conservation Camp off Ortega Highway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1990 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No nighttime reading is allowed for youths forced to sleep in makeshift dormitories at the San Fernando Valley Juvenile Hall because guards fear that something as innocuous as a book or magazine could conceal a weapon. With the hall's population 45% over capacity, even the most minor fight has the potential for escalating out of control.
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