Sweeping Sheriff’s Department reforms win praise amid scandal

Sheriff Baca of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office has agreed to sweeping reforms for the LA jail.  The reforms include the following:

  • Create an independent Inspector General’s office with the authority to scrutinize Baca’s agency.
  • Hire an outside custody expert to run his jails
  • Punishment for staff dishonesty would be dismissal rather than suspension
  • Uses of force would not be investigated by the sergeants that supervise the officers
  • More supervisors would walk the jail floors to monitor the deputies.
  • Create a separate custody division with a professional workforce of deputies

This has been the culmination of an assuredly long fight against a powerful sheriff.  Now that the recommendations have been made, it remains to be seen whether they will be effectively implemented.

Read the article here.

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