The Los Angeles County Probation Department continues to be committed to community safety and is dedicated to the protection of everyone who lives, works in, and visits the Department’s juvenile facilities and area offices. During this unprecedented time, the Department has implemented several new protocols in facilities and area offices, following the Department of Public Health guidelines to limit or prevent the spread of COVID-19 amongst staff and youth.
Probation has implemented several precautions to keep youth and staff safe. In facilities, masks are available to all staff and youth and social distancing measures have been implemented. Probation has also increased daily cleaning at each facility and is increasing the hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations available. Additionally, the Department has implemented mandatory verbal screening for every person entering a juvenile detention facility.
Area offices remain closed to the public. Deputy Probation Officers continue to maintain contact with probation clients by phone, email, and videoconference. Clients are encouraged to reach out to their assigned probation officer as well. The Department continues to conduct field visits and is prioritizing cases where there are vulnerable victims, sex offenders, and any other circumstances that are considered high risk or require special attention. In addition to conducting safety checks, officers are providing COVID-19 Public Health information and resources.
Probation is continuously assessing all new measures that are being implemented and is adjusting or suspending required conditions as necessary that are consistent with this emergent situation while placing public safety at the forefront of our decisions.
While our communities are in a declared state of emergency, Probation staff stands ready to fulfill our duties to the juvenile and adult clients we serve.
A priority of Juvenile Institutions is to ensure the safety and security of staff, youth, public and probation facilities. We encourage everyone to follow the General Containment and Control of Transmission Guidelines provided by The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. To minimize the risk of COVID-19 within our institutions, the Residential Treatment and Detention Bureaus have implemented the following precautions:
- Posting of Department of Public Health (DPH) signage outside each facility and inside the living units, restrooms, kitchen, staff sleeping quarters.
- Interagency townhall meetings with Juvenile Court Health Services (JCHS) nurses to address concerns, answer questions and provide a plan.
- Probation and JCHS continue to complete a screening that includes asking questions related to infectious diseases which continue to be part of the Initial Intake Questionnaire. If any symptoms that are associated with the COVID-19 are observed or if the youth has traveled to an area previously identified as a COVID-19 area of concern, JCHS is immediately notified.
- Participation in frequent conference calls hosted by Probation Emergency Management to share information and obtain COVID-19 updates from partner agencies.
- COVID-19 information flyers for parents and community.
- Identification of space to isolate infectious youth.
- Probation’s Management Services Bureau is instructing janitorial services at facilities to ensure all bathrooms and staff quarters (where applicable) are cleaned daily and have readily available hand soap, paper towels, toilet paper, hand sanitizers and disinfectant.
- Bringing in additional staff to clean and disinfect common touch areas twice per shift.
In person visitation at juvenile facilities is taking place on weekends when deemed safe by Probation and Health officials on a site by site basis. Please contact the respective facility to see if visitation is currently taking place:
Central Juvenile Hall
1605 Eastlake Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel (323) 226-8611
Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall
16350 Filbert St.
Sylmar, CA 91342
Tel (818) 364-2011
6631 N. Stephens Ranch Rd.
La Verne, CA 91750
Tel (909) 971-6300
Dorothy Kirby Center / Camp Scott
1500 S. Mc Donnell Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Tel (323) 981-4301
427 S. Encinal Cyn. Rd.
Malibu, CA 90265
Tel (818) 889-1353
6601 N. Stephen Ranch Rd.
La Verne, CA 91750
Tel (909) 971-6375
1900 N. Sycamore Cyn. Rd.
San Dimas, CA 91773
Tel (909) 599-2391
Parents and guardians have been informed about the safety precautions set in place that will include physical distancing, hand sanitizing stations and the use of infrared thermometers to check the temperatures. Increased collaboration and partnership with JCHS and the Department of Public Health is taking place to ensure health and safety is properly addressed as visiting sessions are re-opened. The resumption of visitation at facilities is taking place as a phased approach, with safety focused criteria dictating the pace and locations.
Virtual visiting is also taking place in both the halls and the camps. Youth are still able to make free phone calls to families and are also provided with supplies for letter writing. The Department pays for all postage regardless of the number of letters a youth sends out.
Yes, the facility and JCHS will contact a parent or guardian.
The Department is taking proactive measures to protect employees and program participants. At this time, the Probation Adult Alternative Work Services (PAAWS) and the Juvenile Alternative Work Services (JAWS) also known as the Work Crew Services Program has been temporarily suspended. Participants will be notified when program activity resumes.
Beware of scams, false news and hoaxes surrounding novel coronavirus. Accurate information, including announcements of new cases in Los Angeles County, will always be distributed by Public Health through press releases, social media, and their website. The Los Angeles County Public Health website has more information on COVID-19.
Social media: @lapublichealth
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Access Center 24/7 Helpline: (800) 854-7771.
Other reliable sources of information about novel coronavirus are:
California Department of Public Health (CDPH, State)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, National)
World Health Organization (WHO, International)
If you have questions and would like to speak to someone, call 2-1-1 which is available 24 hours a day