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Sheriff works to act on jail violence plan

Commission’s recommendations will be implemented within 90 days

Posted: December 24, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 24, 2012 2:00 a.m.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department should implement most of the recommendations from the Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence within the next 90 days, according to a report.

In his report last week in front of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Richard Drooyan, who is monitoring the implementation process, said two of the commission’s 63 total recommendations have been completed thus far.

An additional six have been accepted, but not fully implemented by the department, Drooyan said.

Drooyan estimated 20 more recommendations will be completed or accepted within the next 30 days and another 18 should be completed or accepted within the next 90 days.

Drooyan said there are several challenges that arise when trying to institute the type of department-wide changes suggested by the commission.

Some of these challenges stem from the need for additional funding in order to carry out some recommendations, such as the creation of a new assistant sheriff position that will be charged with overseeing the custody aspect of sheriff’s operations.

Another issue is the projected implementation dates of some of the recommendations.

While many are expected to be in place within the next few months, the Sheriff’s Department estimates some of the recommendations, such as the creation of a single system to track allegations of abuse by deputies, will not be completed until mid-2015.

Several, including Drooyan and Supervisor Gloria Molina, said the process needs to be sped up.

“I think two-and-a-half years is too long for some of these recommendations,” Drooyan said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said the projected implementation dates are conservative so that the department can address any issues that may arise during the process.

“We can beat some of those projections but you don’t want to rush through to implementation and find you left something significant out in the process,” Baca said.



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