A probation officer transporting a minor in custody waits in a designated parking spot outside the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse in downtown Martinez. (photo by Matt Beagle)

Contra Costa seeking alternative to shackling during transport of juveniles

Critics claim that the indiscriminate use of restraints, particularly when youth are out in public wearing shackles, is damaging and unnecessary. Until recently, probation department drivers carrying minors would park their vehicles in a lot...