AUGUST 13, 2019  |  Lolita Lopez

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to explore moving responsibility for juvenile offenders out of the Probation Department.

Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sheila Kuehl cowrote the motion calling for a task force to consider charging another agency with overseeing young offenders, aiming to create a “rehabilitative, health-focused and care- first system.”

The move signaled a view by some board members that the Probation Department cannot be sufficiently revamped to meet the county’s vision for more compassionate care.


LA County must move away from a punitive and ineffectual youth justice system to one that is therapeutic, rehabilitative, and centered on the youth and children themselves.

This care-first approach can be transformational in the lives of our most vulnerable kids, and the report back from the discussion body created by this motion will provide us with the thoughtful advice we need to consider all of our options for achieving that goal.