County hiring monitor to oversee jail reform

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LA County Jail Reform

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – A special monitor is being hired to oversee Los Angeles County jail reforms. Supervisors decided on Tuesday that a monitor is needed, saying they lack confidence in the Sheriff’s Department’s ability to keep deputies from controlling inmates through excessive force.

The Los Angeles Times says the supervisors also called for monthly progress reports on reforms outlined by its blue-ribbon panel. The panel blamed Sheriff Lee Baca for allowing a pattern of jailhouse inmate abuse despite warnings from civilian watchdogs and inmate advocates.

Baca says he plans to hire an assistant sheriff to oversee the jails. There are 19,000 inmates in the county jails.

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