Juvenile Justice

Los Angeles County Probation Now Under Civilian Oversight, With Subpoena Power

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a civilian oversight body for the the county’s Probation Department that can make unannounced visits and legally compel documents and witnesses. In recent years, the […]


After Feds Leave, Pepper Spray Use Skyrockets Again in L.A.’s Juvenile Justice System

Just a few years after Los Angeles County exited a monitoring agreement with the Department of Justice, the county’s probation department has seen a return of rampant use of pepper spray in settling altercations and […]

Child Welfare

Senate Foster Care Bill Would Incentivize Kin, Monitor Private Providers and Child Fatalities

Leaders of the Senate Finance Committee introduced a bill Wednesday that would incentivize kinship placements in foster care, establish national child welfare standards on worker caseloads, and require better assessment of both child fatalities and […]


Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts #10: Youth-Friendly State Ombudsman Offices

The Chronicle of Social Change is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 12 former foster youths who have completed congressional […]