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Victims Of Sexual Abuse At Active And Closed Detention Facilities In California May Seek Justice And Compensation

Victims Of Sexual Abuse At Active And Closed Detention Facilities In California May Seek Justice And Compensation

To qualify, victims must have been sexually abused at one of the following active and closed California-based detention facilities and currently be under the age of 40. 

Reported active and closed camps include:

  • Barry J. Nidorf , 16350 Filbert St, Sylmar
  • Los Padrinos , Downey
  • Central, 1605 Eastlake Ave, Los Angeles
  • Ranch Facility (JRF) Campo San Diego
  • Female Rehabilitation Facility (GRF) San Diego
  • Kearny Mesa Detention Facility (KMJDF) San Diego
  • East Mesa Detention Facility (EMJDF) San Diego
  • Urban Camp (UC) San Diego
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A regulatory board in California has ordered Los Angeles County to close two detention halls before the end of July. The Board of State and Community Corrections declared Barry J. Nidorf and Central Detention Halls "unsuitable" for use—the county has 60 days to remove all "pre-disposition[inmates]" from the halls. BSCC inspections found that inmates regularly missed school, were deprived of outdoor time, and had to urinate in their rooms overnight due to staff shortages. Staff members complain of excessively long shifts and escalating instances of violence. A team of consultants hired to fix L.A. County’s struggling detention hall system is working at Los Padrinos 24 hours a day in hopes of meeting the deadline.

Limited Time to File Claim

Changes in California Law Go Into Effect At The End of 2022. To Currently Qualify for Possible Compensation, You Must Be Born AFTER May 1, 1983

Now Reviewing Potential Claims Against San Diego County Detention Hall Facilities

Ranch Facility (JRF) Campo San Diego
Female Rehabilitation Facility (GRF) San Diego
Kearny Mesa Detention Facility (KMJDF) San Diego
East Mesa Detention Facility (EMJDF) San Diego
Urban Camp (UC) San Diego

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Details Of Alleged Sexual Abuse At Active And Closed California-Based Detention Hall Detention Facilities

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A large number of California’s active and closed detention camps are fielding accusations of sexual and physical abuse in their facilities.

According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, 11 or more California detention probation officers have been convicted of crimes for inappropriate conduct involving current or former probationers–this includes several cases of molesting or beating inmates in their care.

California  Detention Halls Affected

Los Angeles County Detention Hall Facilities

Barry J. Nidorf Detention Hall (BJNJH)

California board members who oversee conditions inside detention facilities statewide voted to sanction the county after inspections revealed persistent problems at the Barry J. Nidorf Detention Hall in Sylmar. A memo released on the oversight agency’s website stated that L.A. County was out of compliance with basic safety standards—as recently as two days prior. Staff were found to be improperly deploying physical restraints.

Central Detention Hall (aka Eastlake Detention Hall, “Central”)

After inspections earlier this year revealed persistent problems at the Central Detention Hall in Boyle Heights. The California board that oversees conditions inside detention facilities statewide voted to sanction the county. Problems included failing to ensure that people receive adequate health care, failing to monitor psychotropic medications, and failing to follow rules about how long to confine inmates alone in their rooms.

Los Padrinos Detention Hall

Security issues, low morale among staff, and falling population levels have plagued Los Padrinos Detention Hall. Opened in 1957, Los Padrinos houses hundreds of male and female inmates at any time, with most detention defendants awaiting court action or transfer to another facility. Los Padrinos has been extensively criticized in the past, including for high incidents of depression among the population and suicides. More recently, six detention officers were charged for assaulting female  inmates with pepper spray.

San Diego Detention Hall Facilities

Detention Ranch Facility (JRF)

With two primary drug facilities, including Rancho del Campo and Rancho del Rayo, the Detention Ranch Facility (JRF) features dorms that resemble army barracks in a forest-type setting.

“Female” Rehabilitation Facility (GRF)

Located next to Detention Hall and Court, the Female Rehabilitation Facility (GRF) provides services for female inmates, targeting medium to high-risk females with clear delinquent offenses.

Kearny Mesa Detention Facility (KMJDF)

Located in San Diego’s Birdland suburbs, Kearny Mesa Detention Detention Facility (KMJDF) has housed inmates since 1954 and features a maximum capacity of 359.

East Mesa Detention Detention Facility (EMJDF)

Located north of Brown Field in Otay Mesa, the East Mesa Detention Detention Facility (EMJDF) opened for operation in June 2004 and features a maximum capacity of 290.

Urban Camp (UC)

Located in San Diego’s Birdland suburbs, the Urban Camp (UC) residents fulfill a commitment of between 85 and 120 days within four distinct programs to learn the training and skills necessary for successful rehabilitation.

According to the court documents filed, supervisors at these active and closed detention camps ignored unchecked assault, rape, and sexual harassment of inmates by probation officers.

"Vulnerable inmates often enter the system because of abuse they have suffered at home or on the streets," said one prosecuting attorney. "The probation system should offer these offenders restorative justice instead of perpetuating their cycle of abuse. The criminal conduct of those who used their positions of authority to sexually assault these inmates must be exposed. These despicable people and those who enabled them must be held accountable."

Over 20 years of news stories and county reports describe:

  • Probation officers encouraging fights ;
  • Sexual contact between officers and inmates;
  • Officers accused of criminal acts such as theft and,
  • A variety of other offenses were committed while on duty.

There have been accusations of sexual assault have been reported by victims against their supposed mentors, as well as criminal charges in connection with guards’ improper use of pepper spray.

Victims and their families are urged to come forward for a free, private case evaluation from a qualified attorney as soon as possible. There are new laws that require claimants to currently be under the age of 40 to qualify!

Specific Instances Of Sexual Abuse Allegations In Active And Closed California-Based Detention Hall Facilities

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Los Angeles County runs one of the nation’s largest detention justice systems, with a population of probation officers responsible for protecting and reforming approximately 3,000 inmates in 21 halls and camps.

The department, operating with a yearly budget of approximately $700 million, has been the subject of various federal investigations in recent years for failing to prevent, report, and document sexual and physical abuse.

The Los Angeles Times has released information on the following specific instances of cases that were gathered through a collection of law enforcement records, court documents, and department sources.

Notable examples of sexual and physical abuse allegations in active and closed California-based detention hall facilities include:

  • A female probation officer used her power to persuade five inmates under her care to beat another inmate – she mistakenly believed the inmate had stolen her mobile phone–she was later sentenced to a year in jail.

The injured inmate was not allowed to see a doctor until the next day when another probation officer noticed the injuries–the officer later found her cell phone in the parking lot.

  • A male probation officer was captured on closed circuit television assaulting a inmate offender in a detention hall recreation room – the probation officer was later convicted of battery and sentenced to 24 months probation.

According to the disciplined officer’s attorney, there were a variety of “extenuating circumstances” that led to the beating–he noted that his client was not adequately trained to supervise violent offenders before being hired.

  • A female probation officer was found to have had sexual encounters with multiple inmates offenders in several locations of the detention hall where she worked – after later pleading guilty to five counts of felony sexual abuse; the guard served four years in prison.

The offending officer explained that they had a consensual relationship with an inmate and “stupidly thought I was in love with”…everything else I did was completely inappropriate, unethical and extremely unprofessional.” 

Filed in December of 2022, a  359-page lawsuit details allegations of systemic failures and horrific scenes of sexual abuse that lawyers say went unchecked by the L.A. County Probation Department, which operates the camps and halls.

The USA Assistance Team believes that every victim of sexual abuse at active and closed California-based detention hall facilities should receive justice and compensation in a court of law – remember that victims need to be under the age of 40!

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