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Can L.A. County jails end the culture of violence against inmates?
Can L.A. County jails end the culture of violence against inmates?

After three years of turmoil arising from abuse of jail inmates, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to outside monitoring of nearly all aspects of its jail operation. The settlement of a class-action lawsuit, known as the Rosas case after the lead plaintiff, caps a period in which reporting in The Times and elsewhere led to hearings and recommendations by a Citizens Commission on Jail Violence, the resignations of Sheriff Lee Baca and Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, an FBI investigation, imprisonment of seven deputies for obstructing that investigation and the election of Sheriff Jim McDonnell. Compared with those high-profile actions, the lawsuit may be one of the...

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