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Baca Pledges To Improve State Of Jail System

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has issued a written pledge to address problems at the county’s jails, where reports of deputy misconduct have led to complaints from civil rights groups and an FBI investigation.

Baca said in the statement Sunday he believes in dignity for the incarcerated and he takes allegations of excessive force very seriously.

The sheriff outlined the role of two new task forces that have already been chosen and begun working. One will meet with inmates and jail staff looking to improve conditions, the other will investigate 78 allegations of misconduct in the system.

The American Civil Liberties Union is demanding Baca’s resignation, claiming his jail system is full of fear, corruption and deputy brutality.

Baca said he welcomes the scrutiny and will not resign.

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