Institutional problems within our jail system


Federal authorities announced charges Monday against 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies accused of beating jail inmates and visitors, trying to intimidate an FBI agent and other crimes following an investigation of corruption inside the nation’s largest jail system.

Still, he defended his agency, saying “99.9% of our employees are on the right track…. There is no institutional problem within the Sheriff’s Department when it comes to correcting itself.”

These problems do not happen in a vacuum. There is a systemic problem rife in the prison system, and charging 18 deputies out of the thousands of California corrections deputies, seems to be little more than show…

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