A new county report on Los Angeles County’s Central Juvenile Hall depicts it as a leaderless operation with “unacceptable” and “deplorable” conditions similar to a “Third World country prison.”
Some walls were covered in gang graffiti and filth that no one made an effort to wash away.
Morale among staffers was at “dungeon lows from a workforce that claims to be victims.”And young detainees were sent into isolation for reasons outside of department policy — in one case for exchanging food with another detainee, the report alleges.
From May to October of 2015, the Phillips Black Project collected information about people sentenced to life without parole for crimes they committed as juveniles. Using this data, we recently issued a report concluding that juvenile life without parole sentences are clustered in a handful of counties, and that these sentences are disproportionately handed to people of color.