Statement Regarding Death of Juvenile at Barry J. Nidorf
The following is a statement from Local 685 President Hans Liang regarding the death of a juvenile at Barry J. Nidorf juvenile hall:
"There are currently more than 1,000 vacancies in the L.A. County Probation Department due to the Board of Supervisors’ hiring freeze, and while the Supervisors have authorized major refurbishment to their own building downtown and construction work is ongoing, the juvenile halls, and the safety systems in the facilities, are in critical disrepair with no refurbishments in 10+ years.
"The officers assigned to these facilities are doing the best they can with very limited resources and constant criticism from the Supervisors and their surrogates – working 18- to 24-hour shifts, facing daily assaults by youth leading to 40% of the division being out on injury leave, and more. The officers did everything in their power to revive the youth, including applying CPR and administering Narcan.
"The bottom line is that the Supervisors have created a critical staffing shortage, and youth and staff are paying the price. Our hearts go out to the youth’s family and to the officers who are devastated by the tragic outcome."