Susan Abram

susan-abram-200Susan Abram covers public health news for the Los Angeles Daily News and Los Angeles News Group.
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LA County Counted on Prop 47 to Save Money: It Hasn’t Yet

A California law that turned some felony offenses into misdemeanors to save costs has had no monetary benefits so far for Los Angeles County, according to a report presented on Tuesday. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors heard updates from eight department leaders – including Sheriff Jim McDonnell – on whether or not Proposition 47 has had any cost saving effects. Overall, departments either reported increased workloads or else a lack of a solid data system to track … [Read more...]

Supervisors Approve Civilian Oversight for LA County Sheriff’s Department

A long-awaited civilian oversight commission to push reforms within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, two years after it was formally proposed. The nine-member panel, which includes one retired officer from the Sheriff’s Department, will operate in an advisory role as it works to hold the largest sheriff’s department in the nation accountable in the jails and within the community. Members include community and faith leaders, a … [Read more...]

Protesters Against New LA County Jail Shut Down Board of Supervisors Meeting

Protesters opposing the construction of a new women’s jail in Lancaster temporarily shut down the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday just before a vote was taken on moving forward with the project’s design. Shouting “This jail is disruptive!,” members of the LA No More Jails Coalition drowned out requests to be quiet and forced the board of supervisors into an early recess while Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies cleared the room. No arrests were made. The Board … [Read more...]