L.A. County supervisors express lack of confidence in Sheriff Baca

Streetgangs.com Staff Writer
October 17, 2012 | 12:15 p.m. PST

The L.A. County supervisors, which includes Mark Ridley-Thomas said there is  lack of confidence in the Sheriff’s Department’s ability to clean up its jails. The county supervisors voted Tuesday to hire a special monitor to oversee reforms intended to keep deputies from controlling inmates through excessive force.

The board is also requesting the department to follow up with  monthly progress reports on the reforms sought by a blue-ribbon panel that it appointed last year. The board also calls for Baca to attend each of the  meetings to “clearly communicate the status of each and every recommendation adopted by the board,” according to the motion, written by Supervisors Gloria Molina and Michael D. Antonovich.

Although Baca has said he agrees with all of the panel’s recommendations, on Tuesday he said he thought better training was more important than altering his command staff.  Baca also said he plans to hire an assistant sheriff to oversee the jails by Jan. 1 and will also implement a two-tiered system where deputies could choose to remain working in jails or move to another assignment.

Baca said an estimated figure of  nearly $69 million would be needed to implement a dozen reforms, such as adding a risk manager to each jail and increasing the number of supervisors.

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