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January 13, 1985 | From United Press International
The kids called him a "fag" and his mother beat him when she discovered the truth about her 13-year-old son's homosexuality. So Chris ran away from his Los Angeles home, hoping to find people who would understand and accept him. But when he ended up in a county juvenile hall, he was greeted "like I was a criminal. It was terrible," Chris said. "Some of the guards (probation officers) were good, but most were homophobic. They'd do things like call you 'sweetie,' " he said.
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January 2, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Shumsky joined the Los Angeles County Probation Department in 1968, fresh out of San Diego State, enticed by the notion that he could turn troubled lives around. Janis Jones joined the department in 1990, fed up with escalating gang crime in her neighborhood and determined to keep violent criminals off the street.
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May 2, 1998 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The county Board of Supervisors on Friday appointed a veteran union leader to run its huge and embattled Probation Department, immediately sparking charges that the appointment is a political payoff. Richard Shumsky, who until last year was president of the powerful Deputy Probation Officers Assn., was chosen 4 to 0 to replace Barry Nidorf as chief probation officer.
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May 2, 1998 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The county Board of Supervisors on Friday appointed a veteran union leader to run its huge and embattled Probation Department, immediately sparking charges that the appointment is a political payoff. Richard Shumsky, who until last year was president of the powerful Deputy Probation Officers Assn., was chosen 4 to 0 to replace Barry Nidorf as chief probation officer.
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January 2, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Shumsky joined the Los Angeles County Probation Department in 1968, fresh out of San Diego State, enticed by the notion that he could turn troubled lives around. Janis Jones joined the department in 1990, fed up with escalating gang crime in her neighborhood and determined to keep violent criminals off the street.
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December 25, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich demanded an immediate explanation from county probation chief Richard Shumsky on Tuesday regarding how a 15-year-old gang member accused of murder managed to escape from custody during a visit to an orthodontist. Daniel Ortiz was shackled at the ankles and under escort by two unarmed Los Angeles County probation officers Monday morning when he bolted and jumped into a car driven by an unidentified armed man, police said.
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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.
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November 6, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A Lancaster probation officer was arrested Monday on charges of threatening, stalking and filing a false crime report against a woman he once dated, authorities said. Gordon Wilbur Griffith Jr., 55, is a night supervisor for six youth camps run by the county Probation Department. He has been on paid leave since sheriff's deputies began investigating him a few months ago, said Chief Probation Officer Richard Shumsky.
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August 15, 2002 | From a Times Staff Writer
A 16-year-old youth who escaped from custody last week after he was taken to a clinic for medical attention has been recaptured, officials said Wednesday. Steven Frazier was arrested in Compton after authorities received a tip, according to Chief Probation Officer Richard Shumsky. "I'd like to thank the citizens, [Compton] school police, and I am especially appreciative of the work of two of our probation staffers," Shumsky said.
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April 30, 2000 | GREG RISLING
Two Valley residents have been appointed to county commissions by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Robert Gross of Woodland Hills will serve on the 10-member county Probation Commission. A former executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley, Gross will work with other commission members to evaluate the probationary supervision of juvenile offenders. The board will report to Chief Probation Officer Richard Shumsky.
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January 13, 1985 | From United Press International
The kids called him a "fag" and his mother beat him when she discovered the truth about her 13-year-old son's homosexuality. So Chris ran away from his Los Angeles home, hoping to find people who would understand and accept him. But when he ended up in a county juvenile hall, he was greeted "like I was a criminal. It was terrible," Chris said. "Some of the guards (probation officers) were good, but most were homophobic. They'd do things like call you 'sweetie,' " he said.
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April 4, 2002 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A county review of an escape last month at a Sylmar juvenile hall has found a range of security lapses at the detention center, including the staff's failure to quickly alert authorities that the 17-year-old had scaled a wall. Kenneth Gilliam, who was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and was awaiting sentencing, is still at large. He escaped March 10 by breaking his dorm room window with the ball of a computer mouse and then climbing over the 16-foot wall.
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April 18, 1985 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
MacLaren Children's Center workers on Wednesday defended the quality of child care at the much-criticized county facility and contended that many charges of child abuse are either unfounded or are based on misunderstandings of what actions are appropriate when dealing with children who are difficult to control.
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