Report says L.A. County probation failing to meet federal reforms
The department oversees 19 camps designed to house and rehabilitate about 3,600 of the area’s most troubled youths and has been under Department of Justice oversight for years and could be taken over by the federal government.
As part of an agreement, the Probation Department was supposed to correct problems that include preventing youth suicide, stopping employees from harming juvenile delinquents and reducing use-of-force incidents.
Probation officials have said they believed they had complied with virtually all the mandates, but the draft report said the department is out of compliance on 11 issues, including keeping adequate staff at camps and identifying youths who have unidentified mental problems.
The county has 10 days to review and comment on the report, which covers the period between May and October of this year. The federal government will then issue a final report early next year and can continue to monitor the Probation Department or potentially take it over.
-- Jason Song at the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration
Photo: Girls line up for a head count at L.A. County Probation's Camp Scott in 2001. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times