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LA Police Commission Seeks to Make Policy Reforms Following Days of Protest

By Eric Heinz, City News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Following days of protests against police brutality, the president of the Los Angeles Police Commission president said today the board will take steps to review and revise police policies, with input from the community. "(It) would be easy to say we've made great progress, that there’s more accountability, more transparency," Board President Eileen Decker said. "And while all of that is very, very true, we all have to say 'It's not enough.' It's not nearly enough, and we all, no matter who we are, we must reflect inward and answer the fundamental question: what can...

LA County Starts Planning for Shift in Juvenile Justice System

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - As Gov. Gavin Newsom moves to close California's youth prison system, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors began planning today for a shift of juvenile offenders from state to county supervision. Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sheila Kuehl co-authored a motion calling the existing Youth Justice Work Group to come up with strategies for supervising what will likely be hundreds of youth charged with more serious crimes than those committed by minors currently in county juvenile halls and camps. The motion also calls for increasing community-based alternatives to detention. "The closure of the Division of Juvenile Justice presents...