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Supervisors set to vote on jail oversight plans

October 18, 2011 | 12:19 pm

Men's Central Jail

Los Angeles County supervisors are expected to vote on two proposals Tuesday afternoon that could provide more oversight of the troubled jail system.

The moves come after several weeks of reports in The Times and from other organizations detailing alleged abuses in the jails, and also follow an FBI investigation into potential misconduct.

The votes could be a blow to Sheriff Lee Baca, who initially decried an outside investigation on legal grounds but has since conceded that he has done a poor job of overseeing the nation's largest jail system. It is unclear if Baca will be present for the votes.

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One of the plans, backed by Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Zev Yaroslavsky, would establish a five-person commission to conduct an independent review of the complaints and "restore public confidence" by recommending potential solutions. The committee members would be appointed by the supervisors no later than Nov. 1 and report back within 120 days.

The other proposal calls for implementing recommendations made earlier by an outside monitor, including installing surveillance cameras, eliminating the use of heavy flashlights as batons, eliminating the use of steel-toed shoes by guards, and forbidding all blows to the head. That plan was submitted by Supervisor Gloria Molina.


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Photo: Men's Central Jail. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press