Dysfunction at L.A. County Juvenile Detention Centers Bigger Than Pepper Spray: Report

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An undated photo shows girls detained at Camp Kenyon Scudder sitting in their shared dorm space at the Santa Clarita juvenile probation facility. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

An undated photo shows girls detained at Camp Kenyon Scudder sitting in their shared dorm space at the Santa Clarita juvenile probation facility. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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Life inside Los Angeles County’s juvenile detention centers can be menacing for the hundreds of young people locked up there — and for the guards who oversee them, too.

Overwhelmed and fearful detention officers use profanity and taunts in an effort to maintain control. The detainees endure threats to their families and disrespect of their neighborhoods, and are often doused with pepper spray.

Sometimes, the detainees say they are even denied basic human dignity — forced to use trash cans and other containers instead of toilets and sinks.

It’s an environment that fuels conflict, according to insider accounts in a new county report.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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