SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state lawmaker and reform groups are pushing to restrict the use of pepper spray in juvenile jails in California, one of just six states that allow employees to carry the caustic chemicals in youth detention facilities.
Their calls come as the Board of State and Community Corrections prepares to consider regulatory changes Thursday. The changes would let employees in county juvenile lockups continue carrying pepper spray canisters for use when there is an imminent threat, but require them to document its use.
Reform groups say that doesn't go far enough.
A bill by Democratic Assemblyman Ed Chau of Monterey Park would bar employees from carrying it, though they could still retrieve it to help quell a riot or subdue an offender if other calming tactics aren't working.