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Supervisors agree to hire jail monitor after brutality claims

October 16, 2012 |  2:18 pm

Jail monitor
Los Angeles County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to hire a monitor to ensure that recommendations to improve safety and improve oversight of the nation's largest jail system are carried out. 

The board also voted to hold monthly meetings starting in November to report on progress implementing recommendations made by a blue-ribbon panel appointed by supervisors last year after allegations of deputy brutality against inmates.

"Setting aside a specific day and setting aside a special hearing will clearly fulfill the mandate the commission left with us for public transparency," said Supervisor Gloria Molina.

FULL COVERAGE: Jails under scrutiny

The monitor would review the implementation of the commission's 63 recommendations, which include a major restructuring of the department's workforce and internal investigations, and would be aided by representatives from labor unions and other county departments. 

Sheriff Lee Baca said he agrees with the reforms, which were recommended in a critical 194-page report that found that top-to-bottom changes were needed to fix failures of leadership by Baca. The commission found that he allowed excessive force by deputies to fester in his jails despite repeated warnings.

After the commission's recommendations were made public earlier this month, Baca said he planned to implement all the reforms.

"I couldn't have written them better myself....We will be a stronger and safer jail," he said

It is unclear how the monitor would be paid.


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Photo: The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to hire a jail monitor to oversee the nation's largest jail system. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times