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10/25/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

'Searing Critique' Finds Probation Department Rife With Problems

In a searing critique, a top official of Los Angeles County's Probation Department says the agency has been plagued by weak management, poor communication, entrenched perceptions of favoritism and staffers who would never have survived a rigorous background check.

"It appears that problems were ignored continuously and defective operations were allowed to 'muddle by' with little emphasis placed on getting back to the basics to become a high functioning organization," Remington wrote.

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