A court-appointed panel will be in charge with overseeing the Los Angeles county jail system in order to stop the violence against inmates that takes place in US jails. The new policy follows a 2012 incident in which the sheriff’s deputies were accused of abusing the inmates.
The new agreement involving the Los Angeles county jail system will require the sheriff’s department to adopt a new action plan developed by a three-person panel. The new agreement is aiming to reform the use of force policy against inmates and train the jail deputies.
Peter Eliasberg, the legal director of ACLU in South California said that the sheriff’s department has run the jails on its own for decades, and violence against inmates happened too often without anyone stopping them. Everything was kept between the sheriff and the deputies.
The new agreement is looking to change the Los Angeles county jail system by establishing very clear policies and practices when dealing with the inmates.
Jim McDonnell is the recently elected Los Angeles County Sheriff and he said that he supports the new agreement. Also, McDonnell said that his office has already started to adopt new reforms to respect the human rights of the inmates.
McDonnell stated that he is very pleased to work with the new court-appointed panel in order to start implementing the new policies. The county Board of Supervisors approved the new agreement on Tuesday.
A week ago the county leaders approved a plan to create a separate civilian oversight panel that will deal with the troubled departments.
The new measure is meant to resolve certain issues that concern the Los Angeles county jail system, which is the largest in the US. Some of the issues the new agreement is trying to resolve deal with excessive force brought upon the inmates and poor jail management.
The latest debates concerning policing practices have gone nationwide after the New York grand jury failed to indict the police officer responsible for the death of an unarmed man. Also, the grand jury from Missouri has declined to charge a police officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager.
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