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  • Wanted: True oversight of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department

    Wanted: True oversight of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department
    Los Angeles County has a commission, created more than a half century ago, that is tasked with monitoring jail conditions and holding government accountable for improper treatment of inmates. As reports circulated in recent years of inmate beatings and abuse at the hands of sheriff's deputies, the Sybil Brand Commission for Institutional Inspections failed to find or act on the pattern of brutality that has resulted in the county paying millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, the resignation last year of Sheriff Lee Baca, the indictment this year of former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka (among others), the convictions of several deputies for obstruction of justice, and the ongoing criminal investigations into inmate mistreatment. It instead reported accomplishments such as commending the sheriff for his cooperation during jail inspections.
  • Shortage of deputies could threaten L.A. County sheriff's reform agenda

    Shortage of deputies could threaten L.A. County sheriff's reform agenda
    As Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell tries to turn around a department under federal scrutiny for jail brutality, racial harassment and corruption, one of his most immediate challenges is a staffing shortage that could threaten his reform agenda....

    Indictments underscore Jim McDonnell's challenges as L.A. County sheriff

    Indictments underscore Jim McDonnell's challenges as L.A. County sheriff
    A new round of indictments this week that reached the highest ranks of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department underscores the challenges facing new Sheriff Jim McDonnell he tries to reform the troubled agency. Federal prosecutors painted a troubling...

     

     
     
     

    'Operation Pandora's Box' at heart of L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. scandal

    'Operation Pandora's Box' at heart of L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. scandal
    The widening scandal at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has at its center a top-secret operation that federal prosecutors said amounted to an outrageous case of obstruction of justice. Here's a primer on "Operation Pandora's Box" from the...