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With California county jails getting overcrowded, several organizations are pushing for new programs that will let qualified defendants await their trial at home without having to pay for bail.
Santa Clara, San Francisco and Santa Cruz have instituted pretrial release programs in order to help reduce the number of inmates inside the jails. Only nonviolent defendants who are unable to afford bail are permitted to stay at home until trial, allowing them to work and take care of their family.
Reportedly, these types of programs are supported by advocates such as the American Civil Liberties Union as well as some lawmakers. They feel that the programs promote justice and public safety. Evaluations are done in order to determine if offenders are eligible for pretrial release.
Some argue that the current bail system favors those with money, leaving low-income offenders stranded behind bars until their trial is concluded.
Others feel and statistics bear out that having bail will lessen the likelihood that a defendant will Read more »
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The suit alleges the Sheriff denied bail to undocumented defendants who were arrested for minor offenses due to immigration flags.
Among the case’s listed plaintiffs is a British filmmaker who said he was held in county jail for three months despite having permission to be in the country. He reportedly said the jail repeatedly denied his attempts to post bail, saying he was ineligible for release due to a hold placed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the suit is without merit and that the department has never denied bail for defendants who have ICE holds. The ACLU said other counties, including Orange, San Diego, and San Bernardino, routinely hold defendants who have immigration flags. An attorney for the plaintiffs said denying bail to persons who have not yet been convicted of a crime is a violation of their constitutional rights.
Another defendant described his ordeal within the LA County jail system, describing the experience as abusive. He was arrested in late 2011 following a domestic incident and Read more »
Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca said he’s aware that reforms are needed within the department. In the past 24 months the LA Sheriffs have come under fire for allegations of employee misconduct, inmate abuse and withholding evidence key evidence amidst internal investigations.
According to a recent report by Newser.com, Baca said he acknowledges he’s been “out of touch” when it comes to some of the issues within LA County jails. A spokesperson from the ACLU said if Baca doesn’t resign he needs to really focus on fixing the problems. Earlier this week, the ACLU sued the department for withholding evidence from inmates who are facing charges on alleged attacks on jail staff.
Mistreatment of the county’s inmates continues to be Read more »
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said he’s taking allegations of inmate abuse within the LA County jail system seriously.
In response to recent claims made by former department rookie Joshua Sather that he had been instructed by a supervisor to beat a mentally ill inmate, as well as other allegations brought forth by the American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU), Baca said he has created two separate task forces address concerns.
“A number of allegations of misconduct including excessive force by Sheriff’s Department jail staff have been brought to my attention,” Baca said in a statement. “In order to address Read more »
Tuesday, authorities announced that there would be a criminal investigation conducted in efforts to find out the truth behind allegations towards two Sheriff’s Deputies who beat an inmate unconscious at the Twin Towers Jail in Los Angeles.
On Monday, a statement was filed at the courthouse by an ACLU staffer who had visited the jail and claims to have witnessed the act which spawned the investigation.
The ACLU staffer, Esther Lim, stated that she saw two deputies through a window, who were unaware of her presence, and she was able to see them punching, kicking and tasering an inmate while his body appeared to be limp.
According to an internal sheriff’s log, the incident was confirmed to have happened on January 24, although the log further stated that the inmate was punching the deputies until they had no other choice by to tase him. Lim stated that the deputies’ log was distorted and that the inmate, James Parker, was completely lifeless and Lim worried that he was dead.
The allegations are suggesting that Lim, during the incident, heard Read more »