LASD Undersheriff Resigns Amidst Allegations Of Inmate Abuse In LA Jails

Written by Bail Expert on March 13, 2013 – 7:28 am -

The Undersheriff of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department resigned from his post last week.  The decision came after a federal probe was launched to investigate allegations that rampant inmate abuse was taking place at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown LA.

Those close to the investigation have alleged that  now former Undersheriff Paul Takana was aware of the abuse but failed to do anything to stop it.  An independent commission reportedly found that he “condoned or ignored the violence”.   That commission made a series of recommendations for change within the county’s correctional department, including removing Tanaka from his post.

Proponents of the changes say they will be hard to implement due to the LASD being Read more »

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Questionable Inmate Handling At LA County Jail First Reported Two Years Ago

Written by Bail Expert on November 2, 2011 – 8:03 am -

LASD Mens Central Jail Downtown Los AngelesThe LA Times has reported that command staff within the LA County Jail system first raised alarms about inmate abuse to Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca almost two years ago.

The latest investigative article brings continued scrutiny to the nation’s largest jail system.  Reports of brutality against inmates, employee misconduct, and the use of unnecessary and excessive force by sheriffs and other jail personnel have mounted in recent weeks.

One of the reports found that deputies crafted narratives ‘dramatized to justify’ force. Reportedly, jailers delayed using weapons that could end fights, like pepper spray and stun guns, to ‘dispense appropriate jailhouse justice’.

Although supervisors had, at times, recommended Read more »

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Inmate Found Dead in Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail

Written by 888BailBond Bondsman on March 2, 2011 – 12:22 pm -

Twin Towers Correctional Facility Jail LOS ANGELES — Yesterday, at approximately 7:30am the 20-year-old inmate was reportedly found lying lifeless in his jail cell at the Men’s Central Jail in L.A, according to the Sheriff’s and Coroner’s officials.

His name has not yet been released to the public and the death of the inmate is now undergoing investigation. There is no information being released now according to why his death occurred or if there was any violence that contributed to his death. An autopsy is Read more »

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L.A. Sheriff and Police Departments Build Pre-Crime Database

Written by 888BailBond Bondsman on September 16, 2010 – 7:24 pm -

To focus on communities rather than criminals, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck and Sheriff Lee Baca announced a database that shares files between the federal, state and local agencies. Included in the “Community Based Information System” is information about community demographics, school dynamics, crime, social service referrals and other relevant data for decision-making by law enforcement officers. 

The purpose, as stated by officials, is to get a better grasp on the socioeconomic dynamic that occurs in troubled communities, it is not a tool for tracking criminals and analyzing crimes.

According to Sheriff Baca, “This system has the capability Read more »

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Santa Clarita Inmate Escapes but Not for Long

Written by 888BailBond Bondsman on September 9, 2010 – 7:57 am -

Santa Clarita Sheriff Station SignThe Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department re-captured a man who was taken in for burglary charges and consequently tried to escape the confines of an L.A. County Jail.

On Monday, Ryan Martinez of Palmdale had been arrested and taken into the Sheriff’s Station at the Santa Clarita Valley Jail for questioning due to a burglary charge. While Martinez was being held in an interview room within the jail, officials were waiting to perform further questioning until the victim could provide a clear identification of the suspect.

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Deputy Who Arrested Mel Gibson is Suing LA Sheriff’s Department

Written by 888BailBond Bondsman on September 9, 2010 – 7:21 am -

The L.A. Sheriff’s deputy, responsible for the 2006 arrest of Mel Gibson for drunk driving, is suing his department in claims that he’s been ostracized and dismissed for promotions by the department since the arrest took place.

The lawsuit details repercussions for Deputy James Mee’s emotional distress, mental suffering as well as damages for the loss of income, medical bills, and benefits. Mee claims his superiors forced him to remove any reference to anti-semitic slurs by Mr. Gibson.  Furthermore, the racial comments and slurs appeared to have been leaked on a celebrity website.

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Los Angeles Jail Turns On ‘Intolerable Heat’

Written by 888BailBond Bondsman on August 31, 2010 – 11:19 am -

Los Angeles jail officials and staff are planning to test out a new form of technology produced by the military as a weapon at the LA County Castaic Jail. This innovative tool is an invisible beam of heat that will produce “intolerable heat” to those whom it is beamed on.

The heat-beam is officially known as an Assault Intervention Device developed by Raytheon Company. It is said to be harmless and the one inside the L.A. jail is scaled down considerably.

The device works by emitting a beam, focused on the wave of energy that is traveling at the speed of light to produce an intolerable heat sensation that advertently will cause those in it’s line of fire to move. Once the individual has moved away from the beam, all heat sensations cease to exist.

Jail officials and deputies have tested this device and it is all controlled by a single joystick. According to Sheriff Lee Baca, “We Read more »

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LASD Arrests 43 Pasadena Gang Members

Written by 888BailBond Bondsman on August 12, 2010 – 1:03 pm -

Chief Neal Tyler of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department announced that 43 gang members had been arrested. Originally a Pasadena area gang, they had extended their operation into Antelope Valley, which is where the arrest occurred.

The resulting arrests took place due to a partnership operation involving several different police forces. In total, approximately 400 police officers helped to perform the arrests, which included the help from; Antelope Valley Crime Fighting Initiative, California State Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Los Angeles County Probation Department, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department-Operation Safe Streets Bureau, United States Drug Enforcement Administration Mobile Enforcement Team, and United States Drug Enforcement Administration High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.

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Prison for L.A. Deputy Who Smuggled Drugs into Castaic Jail

Written by Robin Sandoval-March on August 5, 2010 – 1:42 pm -

You can call it lack of judgement, or maybe even temporary insanity. But whichever way you think of it, you can never really grasp why a 2-year veteran Los Angeles Deputy would smuggle, get this — 161.5 grams of heroin, 51.5 grams of marijuana and 24.4 grams of methamphetamine into the North County Correctional Facility, Castaic jail, and think he’d get away with it.

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy, Peter Paul Felix, was arrested in October on the charges of attempting to smuggle the drugs into the Read more »

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Compton Police Services Owes L.A. Sheriff Big

Written by 888BailBond Bondsman on June 19, 2010 – 7:07 am -

Law enforcement services provided by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to the City of Compton has left Compton with a serious debt. They owe an astounding $5.7 million and another $100,000 for acquired late fees. City of Compton has a plan to cancel its formal agreement with the L.A. Sheriff’s Department and form its own Compton Police Department.

According to Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department, the City of Compton has disregarded all written and verbal requests for payment. However, officials for the City Read more »

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