In September 2016, RDA was retained by LA County to conduct a comprehensive study and analysis of the LA Probation Department that would articulate its strengths and weaknesses and provide recommendations for building the Department into a high-functioning 21st Century agency that models best practices in the field. Included in our scope of work was to review and evaluate the Department’s current organizational structure and practices; identify factors that influence performance and outcomes; study best practices in probation (for both juveniles and adults); and identify model jurisdictions that have implemented best practices. These activities were to culminate in a final set of recommendations aimed at enhancing the Department’s performance to better meet the needs of those involved in the probation system.

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