Patt Morrison for March 4, 2010

Gross misconduct? LA County Probation Department ignores abuses

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Gross Misconduct?

The LA Times conducted an investigation of the Los Angeles County Probation Department and discovered that roughly 170 employees have engaged in misconduct ranging from sexual abuse to excessive force. Yet despite their inappropriate action, the employees remain gainfully employed and have suffered no disciplinary action. Department officials confirm the abuses but claim they simply do not have the resources to take punitive action. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has ordered an independent investigation due to what one board member calls, “a failure to implement discipline across the board”.

Molly Hennessy-Fiske, reporter, LA Times

Zev Yaroslavsky, LA County Supervisor

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