Grand jury report assails Sacramento Child Protective Services: "Nothing Ever Changes"

Sacramento BeeApril 15, 2009 

The Sacramento County grand jury ripped Child Protective Services in a report released today, saying the agency has ignored repeated recommendations for improvement and that CPS has "persistent, recurring and systemic problems resulting in child abuse-related deaths."

"The Grand Jury has reported on the shortcomings of CPS since 1996," said a cover letter from grand jury foreman Donald W. Prange Sr. "Findings and recommendations have fallen on deaf ears.

"Nothing Ever Changes ... Ever," he typed in bold-face.

The panel launched its evaluation of the agency after a series of revelations by The Bee about CPS failings in the case of 4-year-old Jahmaurae Allen, who was beaten to death last summer, allegedly by his mother's live-in boyfriend.

It was the sixth grand jury probe of CPS since 1996, and this panel found that the agency had repeatedly ignored past investigations and suggested fixes to how it performs.

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