Accountability in Probation

Statement by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on Charges Filed Against Probation Officers

“The filing of criminal charges against six Probation officers validates the earlier concerns we raised about excessive – and now potentially illegal – use of pepper spray in our juvenile halls and camps. It also underscores the urgent need to safely and responsibly phase out the use of pepper spray, and to implement stronger oversight and other changes to be recommended by the Probation Reform and Implementation Team (PRIT). I hope the Probation Department will continue to have a zero tolerance policy for staff misconduct.”