Inmates are handcuffed and shackled for days or even weeks while guards watch around-the-clock until nature takes its course.
Law enforcement officials said Wednesday they’re focused on reducing the number of inmates in Los Angeles County who return to prison.
A 2011 California law that sends lower-level felons to county lock-ups to serve their time instead of state prison has caused a spike in narcotics smuggling in county jails, sheriff’s officials say.
A federal judge has given initial approval to an agreement that requires the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to improve conditions in its jails for inmates using wheelchairs and others with impaired mobility.
Federal officials have announced they will move forward with a federal consent decree to address mental health care problems in Los Angeles County’s jails.
“I’m not the Devil,” the 82-year-old Arpaio told the audience.
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.