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Advocates To CA Supreme Court: Release More Juvenile Detainees

FILE PHOTO: A probation officer walks through a dormitory at Camp Afflerbaugh in 2013. (Grant Slater / KPCC)
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As jails and other detention facilities have been releasing some inmates and ICE detainees to protect them from COVID-19, critics and youth advocates say L.A. County has been slower to take similar measures with juvenile detainees.

That's why two juvenile law advocacy organizations — the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy at Loyola Law School and the Independent Juvenile Defender Program at the Los Angeles County Bar Association — filed a petition with the California Supreme Court this afternoon. They're seeking:

• Immediate release of certain low-risk youth detainees in L.A. County Juvenile halls and camps.

• Release of those with medical conditions that could put them at high risk of the disease.

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• Expedited review and release of all other eligible detainees aged 12 to 23

• That the court order the suspension of new admissions into, and transfers between, juvenile halls and camps.


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