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More on LA County’s Scarily Broken Juvenile Probation System

June 14th, 2010 by Celeste Fremon



Last week there were the revelations that LA County Probation
could not adequately account for $79 million—nearly a tenth of its budget—that was supposed to have been spent on improving its juvenile camps to avoid a federal lawsuit.

As the same time we also heard as part of those unpleasant discoveries that the department had misplaced somewhere between 1500 and 2000 of its employees—or roughly a third of its workforce.

Now in Monday’s LA Times Molly Hennessy-Fiske writes that, after a three-month review, Michael Gennaco at the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review has written a “scathing” report saying that “at least 31 sworn employees who committed misconduct and abuse will probably escape discipline because investigators took too long to complete their cases.”

You can find the report here. And, yeah, I’d go with scathing. Moreover, Mike Gennaco is a level-headed guy who does not jump to scathing right off the bat.

The report details a litany of abuses, actions not taken to correct them, and staff perpetrators never held accountable.

On Saturday Tim Rutten wrote what I’d been thinking for the past week, which is that the Probation department is so hideously broken that the time has come for federal intervention.

Regrettably, from what I’ve seen and heard the horrors that have surfaced recently are not the end of it. There are more horrors still to come.

And we have to do something.


Posted in juvenile justice, Probation | 8 Comments »

8 Responses

  1. Joe Says:

    How can you misplace 31 employees? That’s absurd.

  2. Celeste Fremon Says:

    Um, read it again, Joe. It’s way worse than you think. They blew it on the investigations of the abuse by 31 employees.

    They misplaced somewhere between 1500 and 2000 employees, roughly 1/3 of their workforce-. And this isn’t me saying it. This is according to the new head of probation, Donald Blevins.

    Now that’s absurd.

  3. CHECK OUT EMPOLYEE Says:

    IM WRTING YOU ABOUT A EMPLOYEE THAT WORK AT YOUR EASTLAKE DETENTION DEP IN GIRLS UNIT HER NAME IS JEEANNA LEE EMPOLEE #535726 SHE WORKS FROM 6 TO 2 I DCONT KNOW HOW THIS PERSON GOT THIS JOB WITH ABACK GROUND THAT HER DADS USES A NIDDLE AND HAS BEEN TO PRISSON FOR DRUGS ALSO MOTHER IS A DRUGY AND DEALER JEEANNA HAS BYPOLOR MENTAL PROBLEMS AND DOSE METH DRUGS AND GET AWAY WITH IT CAUSE ITS OUT OF HER SESTEM IN 3 DAYS BUT NEVER DRUG TESTED BY BLOOD IT WOULD SHOW UP TAKING DRUGS IN TO HER WORK AND USING .AND SHES GETTING AWAY WITH IT FILE A FAKE CLAIM ABOUT HER BACK AND WAS OUT OF WORK ALMOST 6 MTHS FOR FREE MONEY THAT USE TAX PAYERS ARE PAYING FOR WHILE SHES PLAYING SOFT BALL WORKING OUT WITH HEAVIY WEIGHTS AT THE GYM AND TEACHING A KICK BOXING CLASS SHE NEED TO BE LOOK INTO AND WILL CONTENUE TO CONTACT ANY BTHAT WILL HEAR MY COMPLAINT TILL SHE IS CAUGHT FOR HER BAD DOING AND HOW IS POEPLE LIKE HER WORKING WITH MINIORS THAT HAVE FAMILY THAT ARE DRUG AFFENDERS AND ARE DOING DRUGS WORKING IN THE EST LAKE DETENTION CENTER IN LOS ANGELES I WILL CONTACT PAPER AND OTHERS TO ANSWER THESE PROBLEMS THAT ARE RESONS FOR THE DRUGS IN THE GIRL UNITS AT CENTRAL DETENTION CENTERS IN LOS ANGELES CA

  4. Celeste Fremon Says:

    Thanks so much for the tip. I will look into this.

    However, if you’d like to email me directly, so that we can continue to talk that would be even better:

    celeste@witnessla.com

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