This report sets forth recommendations that would allow L.A. County officials to establish and implement diversion programs for inmates with mental illness charged with non-violent offenses.
This report compiles some 64 sworn statements from inmates, former inmates and civilian eyewitnesses taken since 2009, describing attacks in which deputies targeted inmates’ heads.
This report provides a plan that will allow the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department(LASD) to safely manage its jail population within its current jail facility capacity.
To be an inmate in the Los Angeles County jails is to fear deputy attacks. In the past year, deputies have assaulted scores of non-resisting inmates, according to reports from jail chaplains, civilians, and inmates.
The most serious problems continue: a pattern of excessive force by deputies; retaliation by Sheriff’s Department employees; lack of access to adequate mental health care; and severe overcrowding.
The widely reported violence at Men’s Central is particularly disturbing because the vast majority of people being held at the jail are simply awaiting trial.
One only had to tour a jail or prison to understand how violence and madness were bred by massive overcrowding.