L.A. County expands efforts to prevent sexual assaults of jail inmates

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LOS ANGELES – To meet a longstanding federal zero tolerance policy on sexual abuse in prisons, jails and detention facilities, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a dedicated team to implement plans for the sheriff’s and probation departments.

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl recommended the move, saying both departments have made progress but more needs to be done. The motion also calls for individual compliance teams within each department.

Brian Williams, who heads the Civilian Oversight Commission that oversees the sheriff’s department, called it “a giant leap forward” but acknowledged that the federal 2003 Prison Rape Elimination Act is “an incredibly difficult and complex mandate.”

Asked what steps had already been taken, Probation Chief Terri McDonald said that in addition to more training, the grievance systems for reporting abuse have been modified and supervision has been beefed up in showers and other areas where juvenile offenders are especially vulnerable.

The department has also been “telling employees that we cannot have a code of silence around this,” McDonald told the board.

Karen Dalton, assistant division director for the sheriff’s department, said it was also important to educate jail inmates “that they can say no, that they can report.”

Dalton and McDonald both pointed to structural elements of the jails and juvenile halls that hinder sexual safety, including open bathroom stalls and isolated stairwells, but said solving those problems would prove difficult and expensive.

A widely cited Department of Justice statistic estimates that 200,000 adults and children in custody nationwide are sexually assaulted each year. The incidence of staff sexually assaulting adults they are charged with guarding is roughly equal to the incidence of inmate-on-inmate assault nationwide, according to the latest available DOJ survey.

Supervisor Hilda Solis said she was especially concerned about young boys in juvenile halls and camps.

“We have incidents where staff have taken advantage,” Solis said.

In juvenile facilities across the country, roughly 75 percent of assaults are youth-on-youth incidents and recent DOJ research shows that the rate is three times higher in female-only facilities than male-only detention centers.

“The vast majority of the young people in our care have been sexually or physically abused in their childhood, so to add to that trauma … is really unacceptable,” McDonald said.

A member of the Civilian Oversight Commission said intervention and prevention go together.

“Rape should not be part of anyone’s sentence,” said COC Commissioner Patti Giggins.

L.A. County looks to ‘incubate’ mental health providers


LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to look at creating an academy to train more nonprofits to be community-based mental health treatment providers.

Supervisor Janice Hahn recommended creating an “incubation academy” to better connect small agencies with funding opportunities.

“Delivering mental health services is done best by organizations that are embedded in the communities they serve, speak the same language as their clients, and can deliver tailored culturally-competent care,” Hahn said.

“Unfortunately, many of these smaller nonprofits have been shut out of contracting and funding opportunities,” she said, because smaller agencies often lack the staffing and structure to compete for county contracts.

Training could include sessions on revenue and expense management, internal controls and using data to track services and outcomes.

As envisioned by Hahn, the academy might also offer access to public-private funding.

The board directed the county’s chief executive officer to work with the relevant departments and report back in 60 days with recommendations on selecting participants, designing curriculum and developing grant requirements for a related fund.

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Living Water Worship Center
1034 West Ave. L-12, Suite 105
Lancaster, CA. 93534

  • Service Times
  • Worship Service:  11:30 AM
  • Bible Study: Tuesday 7:00 PM
  • Food Ministry:  Every Saturday @ 10:30 P.M.
  • Youth 4 Truth: Every Saturday before the 2nd Sunday
  • Empowering Men’s Ministry:  Every 3rd Saturday at 2:00 P.M.
  • Women of Word Ministry:  Every 4th Saturday at 2:00 P.M.
  • Prayer Line:  Every Wednesday at 6:00 P.M.
    Phone No. 515-603-3106 Pin 129253#


Pastor Dwayne Jones


The Lord House of Refuge
456 East Avenue K-4 Suite 1
Lancaster CA 93535

  • Worship Service: 10:30 A.M.
  • Bible Study: Wednesday 7:00 PM

Pastor Tina Johnson


Galilee Baptist Church
542 East Avenue G
Lancaster CA 93535

  • Sunday School: 9:30 A.M.
  • Worship Service:  11:00 A.M.

Pastor BillyZone


Wayside Christian Center
44219 10th Street West
Lancaster CA 93534

  • Worship Service: 11:00 A.M.
  • Tues. Bible Study: 7:00 P.M.

 Dr John Ward, Senior Pastor  


Temple Ministries   
43913 15th Street West
Lancaster CA 93534

  • Sunday School 9:00 A.M.
  • Sunday Worship 10:00 A.M.
  • Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 P.M.

George McIntyre, Pastor  

Agape Community Church
1722 East Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster CA 93535

  • Sunday Service:  8:00 A.M. & 11:00 A.M.
  • Sunday School:  9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
  • Bible Study: Wednesday 7:00 P.M.

Bishop George Todd, Senior Pastor


Universal Church of God in Action
511 West Avenue H-8
Lancaster CA 93534

  • Sunday School:  10:00 A.M.
  • Morning Worship:  11:30 A.M.
  • Bible Study:  6:00 P.M. Wednesday
  • Women In Action:  12:00 P.M. Thursday
  • Youth Bible Study:  6:00 P.M. Friday
  • Saturday Prayer:  8:00 A.M.  Saturday

Robert L. Jones, Jr.  Senior Pastor

Bible Way Deliverance Ministry
205 Nugent Street
Lancaster CA 93534

  • Sunday School: 10:00 A.M.
  • Sunday Morning Service: 11:00 A.M.
  • Bible Study:  Wednesday: 6:30 P.M.
  • Women Ministry (WORCC): 3rd Saturday:  10:30 A.M.
  • Young Men’s Ministry: 1st Saturday:  10:30 A.M.

Pastor LeNeil & Pastor Venus Davis

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St. John Holy Trinity A.M.E
9543 East Avenue Q-10
Littlerock CA 93550

  • Sunday School:  9:30 A.M.
  • Worship Service:  11:00 A.M.
  • Bible study Wednesday :  6:00 P.M.

Melanie Mays, Senior Pastor



True Vine Gospel Church
859 East Avenue Q
Palmdale CA 93550

  • Sunday School:  9:30-10:30 A.M.
  • Sunday Worship:  11:00 A.M.
  • Bible Study:  7:00-8:30 P.M. Wednesday


 Al January, Pastor/Teacher 


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Do Right Christian Church
9815 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles CA.  90044

  • Sunday School: 7:40 A.M.
  • Worship Service: 8:30 A.M.
  • Bible Study: Thursday 7:00 P.M.

Lonnie McNamee, Senior Pastor


Temple of Believers Community Church
11721 Avalon Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90061

  • Service Times
  • Sunday School:  9:30 AM
  • Morning Worship:  11:00 AM
  • Conference Prayer: Every Wednesday at 7:30 P.M.
    Phone No. 641-715-3630  Pin 284045 #
Pastor Wilburn Liddell                 



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