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Sheriff Lee Baca Says Jail Reform Recommendations By Citizens Commission Underway

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca says his department is in the process of implementing the recommendations made by the Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence.

“Of the 63, 20 have been implemented, 31 are in process and 12 are in forms of process but need funding as well,” Baca told the county Board of Supervisors.

Baca said he would also support a civilian inspector general, saying he was open to a “collaborative selection process,” to which Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky had a sharp reply.

“Stop right there,” Yaroslavsky said. “You’re not gonna select the inspector general. The inspector general as proposed, assuming we endorsed the proposal, is to report to the Board of Supervisors. So the Board of Supervisors is going to select the inspector general.”

The scathing report was issued last month, criticizing Baca for the way LA County jails are run. The commission was formed by the supervisors to investigate allegations of inmate abuse.

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