Target: Lee Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Goal: Maintain quality control of deputies within the Los Angeles County Jail system and uphold stricter penalties for officers who abuse their power
A new report by the American Civil Rights Union (ACLU) brings to attention the ongoing battles faced by prisoners in Los Angeles County Jail. The ACLU, which has been appointed by the courts to monitor the jail since 1985, has found a significant rise in instances of brutality of guards on inmates and guard provoked fights between inmates.
Margaret Winter, the associate director of the ACLU’s National Prison Project comments on the findings: “No jail in the nation matches the level of pervasive, savage, long-standing and notorious deputy-on-inmate violence of the kind we see in the Los Angeles County Jail system.” Further stating that “what is most stunning of all is the stubborn refusal of Sheriff Baca, the man in charge, to acknowledge there’s even a problem.”
Baca sees things differently believing that just because their is a large amount of accusations coming his way, it is not proof.
Despite the evidence against him, Baca maintains that everything is under control. And instead of tending house is in his department, Baca seems more concerned with the FBI investigation that brought about even more devastating news for the Sheriff and his team of deputies. As part of that investigation they discovered police in the jail system taking outside bribes in order to facilitate the needs of the prisoners inside.
All this comes to no surprise to the ACLU and the FBI, who found that “the violence is not the work of a few rogue deputies, but systemic…It has continued unchecked for decades.”
Dear Sheriff Lee Baca,
Recently, both the ACLU and the FBI have found major flaws existing in the Los Angeles County Jail system. With the reports of deputies mistreating their power as well as inmates, it is becoming increasingly clear that there is a lack of authority and accountability within the system.
In a society such as our,s it is the responsibility of those with authority to act on behalf (and with the best interests in mind) of the people.
It is disconcerting that those with the power are abusing it with no ramifications for their actions. It is at this point that I write you. We as a public demand the most out of those that work for us, and relieving those that are not up to the task. Change is necessary, to ensure the safety of those in the jail system and outside of it.
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