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December 15, 2011 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Despite making "great strides" to improve parts of its juvenile justice system, the Los Angeles County Probation Department has failed to achieve almost a quarter of the 41 youth camp reforms ordered in 2008 by federal officials, according to a draft report obtained by The Times. The department oversees 14 camps designed to house and rehabilitate about 2,200 of the area's most troubled youths and has been under U.S. Department of Justice oversight for nearly 10 years. As part of an agreement reached three years ago, the department was threatened with a federal takeover unless it did more to prevent youth suicides, stop employees from harming juvenile delinquents and reduce use-of-force incidents.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1990
The Los Angeles County Probation Department will open the largest juvenile detention facility in the county next Tuesday, a 660-bed complex in Lancaster named for the destroyed Challenger space shuttle. The 42-acre, $35-million Challenger Memorial Youth Center includes six camps named after each of the astronauts who died in the 1986 crash. The camp school will be named for Sharon Christa McAuliffe, the teacher who died with the astronauts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2006 | Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writer
Carrying a message his bosses may not be eager to hear, Los Angeles County's new probation chief has begun a politically delicate campaign for hundreds of millions of dollars to resuscitate the county's troubled juvenile detention system. Robert Taylor, who took over the Probation Department last month, has told the five-member Board of Supervisors he needs more than $115 million to boost security at the violence-plagued juvenile halls and camps. An additional $22.
NEWS
January 27, 1985
A supervisor at a Los Angeles County boys' camp in Malibu has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a young girl at his apartment in Rancho Cucamonga over a three-year period, authorities said. Dezon McKinney, 36, was booked for investigation of child molestation at the San Bernardino County Jail and later released on $10,000 bail, San Bernardino County sheriff's spokesman Jim Bryant said. McKinney was arrested at the Camp Kilpatrick boys' ranch, 427 S. Encinal Canyon Rd.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1999
A federal judge has given preliminary approval to a massive $2-million settlement of a long-running class action civil rights lawsuit over the management of Los Angeles County's probation department. The 5-year-old lawsuit alleged that the department shortchanged the inner city in its allocation of resources and passed over blacks for promotions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1988
Among the painful budget decisions facing the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is the future of the Dorothy Kirby Center, the county's only locked treatment facility for emotionally disturbed teen-agers who have committed crimes. It now serves 100 teen-agers--including troubled runaways, first-time murderers, arsonists, sex offenders, drug abusers, burglars and prostitutes. Most are gang members, a group with which the center has been particularly effective.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1995 | JEANNETTE DeSANTIS and MARK SABBATINI
Deputies were searching Wednesday for a gang member accused of attempted murder who was erroneously released from a juvenile jail, authorities said. They were looking for Eduardo Nunez, 18, of Palmdale, who was released by mistake by the Los Angeles County Probation Department, said Lt. Daniel Castillo of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The probation department reported the accidental release to the Antelope Valley Sheriff's Station on Wednesday afternoon. Just before 6 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Los Angeles County Chief Probation Officer Paul Higa, who has been struggling to restore order in the county's troubled juvenile detention system, remains hospitalized after suffering a serious stroke Friday, the Probation Department said. A 31-year veteran, Higa has led the department since April. He supervises about 60,000 adult and 20,000 juvenile probationers, as well as a mammoth juvenile detention system that incarcerates about 4,000 teenage offenders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has appointed an in-house 30-year veteran probation officer to take over as head of the county's $500-million Probation Department. Paul Higa, who is currently the interim chief, joined the department as a probation officer in 1975 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology from UCLA. He will oversee 5,200 employees and succeed Richard Shumsky, who retired in November.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2001 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Justice Department's civil rights division has launched an investigation into the treatment of children at Los Angeles County's juvenile detention facilities, the county's chief probation officer said Monday. A team of experts hired by the Justice Department will examine medical, mental health and educational programs as well as living conditions at the county's juvenile halls and camps, said Richard Shumsky, who heads the Probation Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2000 | LAURA WIDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When babies in the neonatal intensive care room of Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center go home--some in the throes of cocaine withdrawal, others having tested positive for HIV--they will leave a little warmer, with at least one holiday gift: a handmade blanket.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2000 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On this day of redemption, the young graduates scanned the stands for those who cared enough to come and be proud. They had messed up somewhere along the way, and Sunday was a chance to show they were not lost causes. In a ceremony at Cal State Long Beach, about 400 young criminal offenders, wards of the county Probation Department, received their diplomas and GEDs. Among those looking for loved ones in the bleachers was an honor student named Angel Aguilar Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2000 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge gave final approval Friday to a negotiated settlement of a 6-year-old civil rights lawsuit filed by black probation officers against Los Angeles County. U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder said the agreement was fair and reasonable, but she retained jurisdiction in the case to ensure that the terms are carried out faithfully.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1998
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said Sunday that a 9-year-old boy stabbed and killed his 11-year-old brother while they were roughhousing in their Bellflower home Saturday afternoon. Investigators initially thought that the boy died after falling accidentally on the knife. But after interviewing the 9-year-old and another 11-year-old boy present during the incident, they determined that the victim was intentionally stabbed.
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August 30, 1997 | ANN W. O'NEILL and JOSE CARDENAS and ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Prosecutors filed murder charges Friday against boys, ages 16 and 17, who allegedly admitted beating 12-year-old Rodney Haynes to death just days after he'd moved into a group home for troubled teens in Calabasas. The starkly cruel killing, which authorities said involved blows with a stick and large rock, raised questions about whether the Los Angeles County Probation Department's placement of Haynes with the older offenders was appropriate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1999
A federal judge has given preliminary approval to a massive $2-million settlement of a long-running class action civil rights lawsuit over the management of Los Angeles County's probation department. The 5-year-old lawsuit alleged that the department shortchanged the inner city in its allocation of resources and passed over blacks for promotions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County Probation Department would send more officers and resources to central Los Angeles as part of a proposal recommended by a county panel Monday to settle a massive class action federal civil rights lawsuit.
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