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A lawsuit accuses Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies of “chaining children to the walls” and locking up juveniles with adults at the Norwalk sheriff’s substation. It is the fifth such suit that the Public Justice Foundation has prepared statewide in an attempt to stop what it calls a “barbaric” practice that is against both state and federal laws. The county contends that state and federal laws forbid “detention” of children with adults, but do not address the issue of “temporarily” holding them in that manner. The suit cites California Youth Authority figures for 1984, noting that the Sheriff’s Department incarcerated about 6,600 minors for periods exceeding six hours in adult jails and lockups.


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