Commission Ready to Investigate LA County Jails

Written by 888BailBond Bondsman on December 28, 2011 – 4:10 pm -

Los Angeles County has put together a seven-member commission that will investigate the county’s troubled jail systems. This will give residents and county officials a better understanding of what is going wrong and what is being done right under Sheriff Lee Baca.

The FBI has already been looking into allegations of misconduct by sheriff’s deputies within the Los Angeles County jail. There have been multiple reports of abuse and violence. There was even one instance of a rookie deputy resigning after his supervisor allegedly told him to beat an inmate who was mentally ill. Nearly 30 deputies have been disciplined for covering up abuse or beating inmates in the last two years.

The new commission has limited power. It cannot force Sheriff Baca to make changes or subpoena documents. Since Sheriff Baca is an elected official, the only way to get him out of office is through a vote by residents. It can, however, raise public awareness about the issues and put pressure on the Board of Supervisors and the sheriff to make changes.

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LA District Attorney Says He Will Prosecute Criminals Back To Prison

Written by Bail Expert on November 22, 2011 – 9:04 am -

LA Weekly Crime blogger Dennis Romero Monday reported that LA County District Attorney Steve Cooley is extremely unhappy with California’s prison realignment program.

Because the program gives County Sheriffs, such as LA County Sheriff Lee Baca, the authority release incarcerates to home detention or release them early, Romero believes the best solution is to prosecute, prosecute prosecute. A big part of his plan is to ensure that defendants are charged with the most serious charges allowed to ensure that as many offenders as possible will serve their sentences in state prisons.

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Inside The Los Angeles County Jails

Written by Bail Expert on November 16, 2011 – 7:51 am -

Over Capacity

Our Inside California Jails Series Continues….

Los Angeles County Twin Towers JailThe U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that California state prisons were too overcrowded is already beginning to impact counties throughout the state.  Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has already begun sounding alarms, saying that Los Angeles jails could reach their capacity by the end of 2011.

An additional 8,000 inmates will be realigned to Los Angeles jails next year, officials said, putting the city between a rock and a hard place.  A spokesperson for the Sheriff’s department has said that approximately 70% of the inmate population consists of defendants who are awaiting trial.   Due to severe overcrowding, they said, that number may need to be reduced to around 50%.

Greg Rynerson Bail Bonds continues with our tenth series in our California jails: Inside the Los Angeles County Jails.

Here, we’ll fill you in on:

  • Legislative Changes That Are Impacting LA County Jails
  • Jail Overcrowding
  • Possible Early Release Read more »

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300 Additional Cameras To Be Installed In LA County Jails

Written by Bail Expert on November 3, 2011 – 7:51 am -

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca told the LA Board of Supervisors that additional cameras will be installed in Los Angeles County jails following allegations of inmate abuse and misconduct by jail staff.

300 cameras in total were purchased according to Baca. KFI News has reported that the cameras will be installed over the course of the next five months at a cost of approximately $484,000.  This is in addition to the $308,000 spent to acquire the equipment.

A commission has been convened by the Board of Supervisors which 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’.

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Disciplinary Action Taken Against 30 LA County Sheriffs Deputies for Charges of Inmate Abuse

Written by Bail Expert on October 15, 2011 – 10:44 am -

LA County Sheriff’s officials continue to remain under fire amidst charges of inmate abuse, according to a report by the LA Times.

A number of jail employees, 30 in total, are now facing disciplinary action for abusing and/or covering up abuse of inmates.  The Office of Independent Review (OIR), which serves as a “watchdog” for the department, found that stories were often forged as a means of “justifying” physical action against inmates.  Disproving those claims, they said, is often difficult to prove.

The report further stated that “only a fraction” of jail employees who used excessive force punished for their actions.  The full report, prepared by OIR head Michael Gennaco, is expected to be released later today.

In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Gennaco said jail surveillance cameras had captured footage of Read more »

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New Los Angeles Jail Proposed by Sheriff Lee Baca

Written by Bail Expert on October 13, 2011 – 5:41 am -

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee BacaFox Los Angeles reported  that Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca has a new jail plan. If approved by the County Board of Supervisors, the $1.4 billion plan would allow for the demolition and rebuilding of the downtown Men’s Central Jail and would also allow for a new, women’s jail to be constructed at Pitchess Detention Center.

The proposal comes amidst staunch allegations of inmate abuse by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) . County officials believe that prison populations could be better managed should construction plans be approved.

Baca told Fox that the Los Angeles Men’s Central Jail is antiquated and if the new facility is approved it could reduce annual operation costs by approximately $23.7 million. The current facility, which houses about 5,000 inmates, was built in 1963.

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Los Angeles Sheriff Baca: Task Forces to Investigate Jail Issues

Written by Bail Expert on October 11, 2011 – 2:04 am -

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 »

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Claims of Brutality in Los Angeles Jails

Written by 888BailBond Bondsman on October 2, 2011 – 4:15 am -

Los Angeles Men's Central JailLongtime Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has come under attack recently from a civil rights group, which is demanding his resignation because of the problems stemming from the jail system. The group, the American Civil Liberties Union, calls the system corrupt and says that it encourages fear and deputy brutality.

Sheriff Baca and his deputies are responsible for the supervision of more than 15,000 inmates in the LA County jail system, the busiest in the country. The Sheriff disputes the claims that have been made by the ACLU. The ACLU stated during a news conference that the sheriff and his top commanders were intentionally 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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