‘Unreliable’ Data Threatening Reforms at L.A. County Juvenile Detention Centers After Pepper Spray Controversy

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The recent controversy over a spike in pepper spray use at Los Angeles County’s juvenile detention facilities has sent officials scrambling to compile and release a cache of internal use-of-force data to satisfy calls for transparency. That finally happened this week. The nation’s largest juvenile detention operation posted to its website new statistical information that offers a clearer public picture of the treatment and demographic makeup of the roughly 800 youths in its facilities. A public hearing to discuss the...

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