Under Settlement, Deputy Violence Against L.A. County Inmates to Be Monitored by Court-Appointed Panel

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Cells within the Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

A court-appointed panel will now be asked to monitor the use of force by sheriff’s deputies in Los Angeles County jails, part of a far-reaching settlement to a lawsuit alleging brutal beatings of inmates.

Approved Tuesday by county supervisors, the settlement stipulates that jailers would be directed to only strike an inmate in the head when the inmate poses a serious danger.

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It also calls for the Sheriff’s Department to revise its written use-of-force policy, provide additional training for jail deputies and institute a system of checks and balances for investigating incidents.

In reforming the nation’s largest county jail system, new Sheriff Jim McDonnell will likely be dealing with court oversight on another front as well. Citing a dramatic increase in jail suicides, the U.S. Department of Justice is moving forward with a consent decree governing the treatment of mentally ill inmates.

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