LOS ANGELES – The union representing Los Angeles County Probation officers have responded to one of the members of the Board of Supervisors who visited one of the facilities housing juvenile offenders.
Supervisor Holly Mitchell, whose parents were public servants, with one alleged to be a former probation officer, visited Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall to view conditions which she described as “unhealthy and unsafe” for the residents and staff. Mitchell is calling for the young people in the hall to be moved to Campus Kilpatrick in the Malibu area which opened in 2017. It closed the following year due to the Woolsey Fire.
Supervisor Sheila Kuehl wrote an open letter to Malibu residents alerting them to the County’s plan to restart the facility earlier this year stating there would be no more than “a few dozen” juveniles on the campus at a time, however, Mitchell’s plan is to have four dozen juveniles onsite.
Mitchell’s desire to move the juveniles back to the facility generated a response from the union representing probation officers have written in their professional opinion “the way the campus is constructed is dangerous to youth, staff, and treatment providers”.
The $50 million facility was designed by DLR Group, the same firm who designed a new high school in the city of Compton.ProbationCoalition8.25.22