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.
Hundreds of detained immigrants are being transferred to Orange County jails, and more are on the way, under a deal with the federal government that would bring the cash-strapped Orange County Sheriff’s Department up to $30 million a year, a newspaper reported Sunday.
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