Adjunct Professor of Social Welfare Jorja Leap spoke to Witness LA about a lawsuit against Los Angeles County regarding a teenage boy who was allegedly administered estrogen as a behavioral control while in juvenile hall. After a physical examination while in detention, the boy, then 16, was reportedly prescribed estradiol, a form of the female hormone estrogen, to make him less aggressive, all without his parents’ knowledge or permission. The article noted that the case further supports the need for funding the independent Probation Oversight Commission (POC). As a co-author of the L.A. County Probation Governance Report and a proponent of the POC, Leap was disturbed by the implications of the lawsuit. “These troubling developments point to the need for real oversight with power to hold probation — and those from other county agencies who work inside probation’s facilities — fully accountable when they harm those in their care,” she said.
Public Policy senior lecturer Kenya Covington was featured in a CalMatters article about the exodus of Black Californians from high-cost coastal cities for other states or more suburban cities. Some Black renters have been disproportionately forced out of cities as costs and evictions have climbed, while others have chosen to relocate in pursuit of homeownership, safety and better schools. The Black population has decreased 45% in Compton, 43% in San Francisco and 40% in Oakland in recent years. In 2018, Covington led a survey in Los Angeles’ Council District 8, which includes Crenshaw, Leimert Park and Baldwin Hills, to better understand the 42% drop in that area’s Black population. She found that 30% of the 250 respondents didn’t expect to be living there in another five years. “We’re probably not going to see that trend slow,” Covington said. “It’s probably going to intensify.”