L.A. County Hashing Out Sheriff’s Oversight Details

Civilian Oversight DetailsAfter a lengthy delay, Los Angeles County supervisors began to hash out final details Tuesday in the structure of a new civilian oversight commission for the Sheriff’s Department, which has been racked by years of scandals over abuses in the jails.

The supervisors voted 4 to 1 to move forward with a process for approving members of the nine-member panel.

Under the proposal, the five supervisors would appoint one member each. The remainder would be chosen by the board from a list of 20 candidates recommended by an independent search firm, with input from advocates, criminal justice officials and the other commissioners.

abby-sewellAdvocates who have pushed for the last three years for the county to set up the civilian panel said they were happy to see progress after several delays but took issue with many of the details in the proposed structure of the commission.

Abby Sewell
Los Angeles Times

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About Abby Sewell

Abby Sewell is a metro reporter covering regional government and breaking news. She was part of the team that covered the story of municipal corruption in the city of Bell, leading to the L.A. Times' Pulitzer prize win for public service journalism in 2010.