(left: a mother and child reunion outside the L.A. County Jail)
The last time you heard news from the Los Angeles County Jail, it had to do with Paris Hilton's claustrophobia. Today, we bring you less sizzling but perhaps more important news from our local jail cells.
A Santa Clarita radio station has announced that Los Angeles County is introducing "disturbance mediation training services for jail inmates."
The training, "aimed at reducing racial and gang-related violence" will be provided by the Amer-I-Can Foundation.
According to its website, Amer-I-Can Foundation facilitators "initiated a truce between rival gangs in Watts, California in 1992, the year of the "Rodney King" riots.
The Foundation provides resources to continue this movement to bring about peace and social change.
Settle It Now will be following this story to see what beneficial results mediation has in our overcrowded county jail system.
Attorney-mediator Victoria Pynchon is a panelist with ADR Services, Inc. Ms. Pynchon was awarded her LL.M Degree in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute in May of 2006, after 25 years of complex commercial litigation practice, with sub-specialties in intellectual property, securities fraud, antitrust, insurance coverage, consumer class actions and all types of business torts and contract disputes. During her two years of full-time neutral practice, she has co-mediated both mandatory and voluntary settlement conferences with Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Alexander Williams, III and Victoria Chaney. As a result of her work with Judge Chaney in the Complex Court at Central Civil West, Ms. Pynchon has gained significant experience mediating construction defect litigation. Ms. Pynchon received her J.D., Order of the Coif, from the U.C. Davis School of Law.