Taylor Walker is a Los Angeles-based journalist writing for the non-profit news site WitnessLA. Walker specializes in justice-related issues, with a focus on the way juvenile justice and criminal justice systems affect the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities, and how those systems are being reimagined. She also curates the California Justice Report, WitnessLA's newsletter of stories and views from Southern California and beyond.
With liberal use of the catchall category of “general neglect,” LA County’s DCFS removes between 4,000 and 6,000 kids from their homes every year and places them in foster care.
This is the first in a multi-part series about racial and economic disparities in LA County’s child welfare system, and the impact family surveillance and separation has on kids and their parents.
Wilmington has long been "an industrial dumping ground" that has left residents grappling with poor health and violent streets.
The coalition, said co-founder Lamikia Castillo, demanded “that the LA County Board of Supervisors change its practices,” so that “families are not pulled apart.”
The county's child welfare statistics offer a bleak picture of the current situation.
Inspector General Max Huntsman said he “received complaints from pregnant people in custody and their loved ones” about food and bottled water availability in jail, as well as out-of-cell time for exercise, and other issues.
There's a pressing need for LA’s Office of Diversion and Reentry to scale up its diversion capacity for moms, but so far the money to do so hasn’t been there.
A unique program in Los Angeles County focuses on getting pregnant people out of jail and into housing where they are supported during and after their pregnancy with services.
In the third part of this multi-part series, we look at some of the ways in which the process of diversion can jump the rails.