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Feds, county agree on juvenile probation camp reforms

Posted: October 29, 2012 6:30 p.m.
Updated: October 29, 2012 6:30 p.m.

Los Angeles County officials have finalized an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to extend reforms at county juvenile probation camps that were set to expire this month.

The agreement updates a series of conditions the county accepted in 2008 after a Department of Justice investigation revealed unlawful conditions at juvenile detention camps. Specifically, the Department of Justice required the county to examine reforms related to the physical, mental and psychological well-being of youths in the camps.

Tony Bell, a spokesman for Los Angeles County Fifth District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, said the progress the camps have made is a testament to the county.

“While some of the reforms require additional time to reach compliance, most of the original requirements have been met,” Bell said.

Dena Iverson, a spokeswoman for the Department of Justice, said the updated agreement continues four provisions of the original agreement that the county has not yet satisfied.

These include providing adequate rehabilitation and substance abuse treatment services, ensuring proper supervision and making sure all reforms are done in a way the county can sustain.

The county is also charged with increasing access to community-based alternatives to incarceration for detained youths.

The Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section and the Civil Rights Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Central California are maintaining tabs on the county to ensure the camps are continuing to abide by the reforms, and to progress in that area.

Iverson said that supervision will continue until the county fully complies with the amended agreement. The county is expected to be in full compliance by Dec. 31, 2014.




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