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Jun. 13, 2019

Probation commission needs certain powers to be effective

The Probation Department has exhibited an incomprehensible and long-standing resistance to the adoption of practices that are working in other jurisdictions. While paying lip service to rehabilitative versus punitive models, it has nevertheless fought to preserve an opacity in its operations, thereby concealing the full extent of its resistance to incorporating better practices.

In May 2018, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors authorized its Probation Reform and Implementation Team, or PRIT, to create a blueprint for effective oversight of the Los Angeles County Probation Department. Oversight was to be the responsibility of a new Probation Oversight Commission, with its mission, duties and powers to be proposed by the PRIT for approval by the board. After many well-attended public hearings and countless hours of discussion with affec...

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