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Supervisors spend $1.7-million to store videos that monitor jails

Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved spending nearly $1.7 million on a system to store video footage taken to monitor inmates and guards in the county's troubled jail system.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, who work as jail guards, began to install more than 1,500 cameras last year in the halls of Men’s Central Jail and the Twin Towers jail in downtown Los Angeles. The move came after the Sheriff's Department was criticized for failing to properly oversee the nation’s largest jail system.

Reports in The Times and other outlets outlined accusations of corruption and inmate abuse, and the video logs are intended to provide a historical record that could help the county defend itself against future lawsuits, county officials say.

The videos could be kept for up to two years.

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-- Jason Song at the County Hall of Administration

 
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