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Case Name DOJ Monitoring of Los Angeles County Juvenile Probation Camps JI-CA-0025
Docket / Court docket unknown ( No Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On November 6, 2006, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) initiated an investigation into whether youth were adequately protected from harm at the Los Angeles County Probation Department Camps, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997, and ... read more >
On November 6, 2006, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) initiated an investigation into whether youth were adequately protected from harm at the Los Angeles County Probation Department Camps, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997, and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C. § 14141.

The DOJ's investigation revealed that youth residing in Los Angeles County's Camps were not adequately protected from harm and that the County had failed to provide adequate suicide prevention and mental health care. On October 31, 2008, the DOJ submitted a Findings Letter to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors outlining areas requiring remedial attention. The same day, the DOJ and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a settlement agreement entitled, "Memorandum of Agreement Between the United States and the County of Los Angeles Regarding the Los Angeles Probation Camps" ("MOA"). The MOA allowed the County to address the areas of concern over a four-year period under the supervision of a monitoring team

The MOA stipulated the appointment of Michael Graham as the Lead Monitor of a team of four members. During the first eighteen months of their responsibilities, each of the monitors was required to conduct initial visits to review each of the camps and report on the County's progress toward complying with provisions. A report from the monitors is required twice annually, or as directed by the parties.

On March 29, 2010, the parties executed the First Amendment to the MOA, which included very minor adjustments to the monitoring team. However, on October 12, 2012, the parties executed the Second Amendment to the MOA which was much more expansive. The Second Amendment recognized that although the County had made significant reforms, they were unlikely to achieve the required level of compliance by the original termination date. The Second Amendment eliminated the four-year termination requirement and allowed for a termination date of December 31, 2014.

The Eleventh Monitoring Report is the most recent and covers January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014. Monitors are still concerned with a lack of adequate staffing to supervise youth and a lack of increased access to community alternatives. Monitoring is ongoing as of November 11, 2014.

Richard Jolly - 11/11/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Assault/abuse by staff
Classification / placement
Excessive force
Failure to discipline
Failure to supervise
Grievance Procedures
Juveniles
Pepper/OC spray
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Suicide prevention
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Self-injurious behaviors
Suicide prevention
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 14141
Defendant(s) Los Angeles County Probation Camps
Plaintiff Description Department of Justice Civil Rights Division’s investigation of conditions at the Los Angeles County Probation Camps
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Findings Letter 2008 10/21/2008
JI-CA-0025-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Memorandum of Agreement Between the United States and the County of Los Angeles Regarding the Los Angeles Probation Camps 10/31/2008
JI-CA-0025-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
First Amendment to Memorandum of Agreement (2008) 03/29/2010
JI-CA-0025-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Second Amendment to Memorandum of Agreement (2008) 10/12/2012
JI-CA-0025-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Eleventh Monitoring Report for the Memorandum of Agreement (2008) 09/17/2014
JI-CA-0025-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters Graham, Michael (California)
JI-CA-0025-0005
Plaintiff's Lawyers Becker, Grace Chung (District of Columbia)
JI-CA-0025-0001
Birotte, Andre Jr. (California)
JI-CA-0025-0004
Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
JI-CA-0025-0002 | JI-CA-0025-0003
Johnson-Brooks, Emily (California)
JI-CA-0025-0004
Mazor, Marina (District of Columbia)
JI-CA-0025-0002 | JI-CA-0025-0003 | JI-CA-0025-0004
Monteleone, Robyn-Marie L (California)
JI-CA-0025-0004
O'Brien, Thomas (New York)
JI-CA-0025-0002
Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)
JI-CA-0025-0004
Preston, Judith C. (District of Columbia)
JI-CA-0025-0002 | JI-CA-0025-0003
Saucedo, Luis E. (District of Columbia)
JI-CA-0025-0004
Smith, Jonathan Mark (District of Columbia)
JI-CA-0025-0004
Weidman, Leon W. (California)
JI-CA-0025-0004
Defendant's Lawyers Fortner, Raymond G. Jr. (California)
JI-CA-0025-0002
Krattli, John F. (California)
JI-CA-0025-0004
Ordin, Andrea Sheridan (California)
JI-CA-0025-0003
Trask, Gordon (California)
JI-CA-0025-0002 | JI-CA-0025-0003 | JI-CA-0025-0004
Other Lawyers None on record

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