L.A. County Jails Agree to Federal Oversight and Other Reforms

An independent monitor has been appointed oversee the implementation of the reforms.

This all comes after years of scandal within the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department that most recently included convictions against deputies accused of inmate abuse and impeding a federal investigation.

The new settlement with the Department of Justice addresses ongoing issues like the abusive treatment of inmates, mental healthcare, and staff levels.

L.A. County jails have been the subject of federal involvement since 1997 and it was a 2014 report on an investigation into jail suicides that eventually led to this settlement.

Jail officials say that progress has already been made on enacting the changes called for in the settlement.

For further reading on the reforming L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, see here.