National Urban League Supports Supervisor Ridley-Thomas' Call For Federal Investigation Into L.A. County Probation Department and Office of Education

The National Urban League today publicly endorsed Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ efforts to reform the Los Angeles County Probation Department and the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), calling for a federal investigation into the two Departments.

At the urging of Blair Taylor, CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial forwarded a letter of support to US Attorney General Eric C. Holder, urging the Department of Justice to begin criminal and civil investigations into the two County Departments.

“I applaud your leadership on the issue of juvenile justice reform and civil rights. We support your efforts to secure an investigation into the Los Angeles County Department of Probation, and the Los Angeles County Office of Education,” Morial wrote in his letter to the US Attorney.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas applauded the National Urban League’s endorsement of his call for a federal investigation as part of his efforts to protect the youth in the Probation system and restore public confidence in the Departments.


Photo: Trustee John Mack, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial at the National Urban League Convention in Washington, D.C.

VIDEO: Nathaniel Ayers Plays the Hall of Administration

Nathaniel Ayers, who is also known as The Soloist, played the Hall of Administration today after being presented with a Scroll of Appreciation by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. The Supervisor honored Mr. Ayers for representing Los Angeles County at the upcoming 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at the White House with President Barack Obama.

Get Up To The Minute 2nd District Updates By Following Supervisor Ridley-Thomas On Twitter

Get all the latest and greatest directly from Supervisor Ridley-Thomas by following the Supervisor on Twitter. Last week, for example, the Supervisor “Tweeted” live from the NAACP Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, as seen below:

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Los Angeles County Young Offender Reentry Summit


Los Angeles County has been awarded a $300,000 Young Offender Reentry Planning Grant funded 100% by the U.S. Department of Labor. Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board and Los Angeles County Community and Senior Services Workforce and Community Services Branch in collaboration with the Human Relations Commission and the Empowerment Congress invites you to develop a Master Plan to coordinate reentry services for young offenders.

=> Join Supervisor Ridley-Thomas in a discussion to share information on reentry issues for the Second Supervisorial District cities and unincorporated areas.

=> Participate in creating a plan to maximize current resources.

=> Learn about current research and best practices.

Friday, July 23, 2010 (Doors open 8:00 a.m.)
Summit Commences at 9:00 a.m. and Concludes at 3:00 p.m.

Carson Community Center
801 E. Carson Street
Carson, CA 90745

Register online here or call Renee Bustillos at 213-351-5036 or via email at

An Evening With Don Blevins – Chief of Probation


Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and The Empowerment Congress
Invite you to an evening with:

Don Blevins, The New LA County Chief of Probation

Monday, July 19, 2010 (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

Exposition Park
Administrative Offices East
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Park in the lot next to the CA Museum of Science. Parking is FREE.

To confirm your attendance, please call 323-586-6523 or email