Despite progress in some areas, the Los Angeles County jail system fails to provide sufficient suicide-prevention practices to protect prisoners from self-harm, federal prosecutors announced Friday.
County officials appointed a veteran public corruption prosecutor Wednesday to provide oversight and monitoring of the largest Sheriff’s department in the nation.
Gov. Jerry Brown asked federal judges on Monday for a three-year delay in their requirement that the state release thousands of inmates by year’s end to ease prison overcrowding.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a compromise bill intended to ease the state’s prison crowding crisis by asking federal judges to delay their year-end deadline for releasing thousands of inmates.
Gov. Jerry Brown is asking state lawmakers to approve spending $315 million this year to lease cells in private prisons and jails as an alternative to releasing roughly 9,600 inmates to comply with a federal court order.
Figures released to the public Tuesday showed the number of use-of-force reports in Los Angeles County jails are outpacing last year’s number, but an attorney to the County Board of Supervisors said the trend is not cause for concern.
D.A. Jackie Lacey said Friday she will aggressively prosecute crimes by law enforcement officer following the arrest of a Sheriff’s deputy on felony assault charges.
A commission appointed to investigate Los Angeles County jails said the system has shown “a persistent pattern of unnecessary and excessive force” and blamed Sheriff Lee Baca for a “failure of leadership.”
Allegations and litigation continue to dog Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who has acknowledged being out of touch about problems in his jails and failing to reform his massive department that oversees the largest county jail system in the nation.
An investigation by the Los Angeles Times reveals that in recent years, cases of mistaken identity and other errors have resulted in hundreds of people being wrongly detained in Los Angeles County jails.
Supervisor Mike Antonovich is leading an effort to modify the plan drawn up by Gov. Jerry Brown to transfer as many as 8,000 state inmates to county jails.
District Attorney Steve Cooley warns the possibility of releasing inmates early could lead to a very short stint behind bars for Dr. Conrad Murray.
The Board of Supervisors tentatively approved an ordinance to require inmates to reimburse the county for the cost of their incarceration.
The mayor said without additional funding from the state, the impending release is “a recipe for making the problem much worse”.
An illicit drug trade is thriving at Los Angeles County jails, helped in part by crooked guards who deliver contraband to inmates.