In a middle finger to all those journalists and civil libertarians in town who have accused the L.A. County Sheriff's Department of allowing unjust beatings of jail inmates to persist during the last decade or so, the National Sheriffs Association has named Lee Baca its Sheriff of the Year.
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No surprise here.
L.A. County Jail deputies sometimes stomp on, bash in, and literally break inmates' heads: That according to an ACLU report issued today, 48 hours ahead of the much-anticipated final findings of a separate Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence.
The ACLU says in a summary that the ... More >>
On July 22, LA County jail inmate Jonathan Goodwin says he witnessed several deputies beat and kick a fellow inmate whose hands were bound in shackles.
Nearly three long weeks later, says Goodwin, one of the deputies involved in the beating walked into Goodwin's cell to show him who was boss -- t ... More >>
Lee Baca.Strange days when L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca does an about face and starts mumbling about cooperating with the ACLU.
On KCRW (89.9 FM) show "Which Way L.A." last night Baca said he would meet with the ACLU regarding allegations that his deputies have regularly beaten inmates over ... More >>
L.A. County's Twin Towers jail and medical services buildingThe ACLU today officially asked District Attorney Steve Cooley to leash his hounds and halt the prosecution of a man who was allegedly beaten by sheriff's deputies in plain view of the ACLU jail monitor.
On January 24, Esther Lim of the ... More >>
Update: The AIDS Healthcare Foundation says it will appeal the ruling to the California Supreme Court. Details at the bottom.
A previously unknown HIV case in porn was revealed this week after an adult performer sued California workplace regulators who wanted access to her medical records.
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Among the many ideas Gov. Jerry Brown apparently has to reduce California's colossal $25 billion-plus deficit, including reductions to state parks and libraries, is to pawn state prisoners off on county jails.
That may work in some counties, but it's hardly clear if LA is one of them.
Don't let "Rent" happen to your kids: Here, Disney star Vanessa Hudgens falls prey to its deviant powersThere seems to be a recent spike in adults trying to keep Gen Y from all things sexy. First we saw Huckleberry Finn butchered a few days ago by NewSouth Books, who thinks replacing "nigger" ... More >>
ACLUAn American Civil Liberties Union report released Wednesday paints the downtown Los Angeles County jail as an almost-Dickensian den of horrors where prisoners have been beaten for complaining to the ACLU, mental patients are housed without doctors' care, and severe overcrowding exacerbate ... More >>
Demonstrator Rosebrock, left.The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California announced Tuesday it has filed a lawsuit against the Veterans Administration on behalf of a veteran and perpetual demonstrator who it says had his free speech rights violated when he was cited after display ... More >>