L.A. County jail system under scrutiny

L.A. County jail system under scrutiny
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, left, with his wife, Carol Chiang, walks into court Wednesday morning in downtown Los Angeles. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Former Sheriff Lee Baca defiant to the end, even after prison sentence

Lee Baca remained defiant after his sentencing Friday morning, telling reporters outside the courthouse that he was in the right for actions he took in 2011.

Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca found guilty on obstruction of justice and other charges

Lee Baca was found guilty Wednesday of obstructing a federal investigation into abuses in county jails and lying to cover up the interference.

Closing arguments in Baca obstruction retrial offer conflicting motives for actions of former L.A. County sheriff

Closing arguments in Baca obstruction retrial offer conflicting motives for actions of former L.A. County sheriff

In Baca retrial, familiar battle lines with some new faces as prosecutors hope for a different ending

Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca nearly won an acquittal in his trial on charges he obstructed an FBI investigation. In the retrial, prosecutors have tried a new tact.

After four recent inmate deaths, protesters call for changes in L.A. county jails

Demonstrators shut down a street near the main downtown L.A. jail complex, prompting a brief confrontation with police. Fueling their concerns were the deaths of four inmates in nine days.

Baca 'was aware' of plan to obstruct FBI, former sheriff's official tells jury

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was deeply involved in efforts to interfere with FBI agents as they investigated abuses in county jails, a retired sheriff’s official testified Thursday.

Lee Baca in court, Round 2: What will sound familiar in the retrial, and what will be new

With the retrial of LA County Sheriff Lee Baca set to open this week, his attorney's mount another defense, and this time under even more daunting odds.

A final round of legal sparring as Baca's retrial nears

The judge in the case will decide on several trial issues and set schedule for jury selection.

Ex-L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca must pay $100,000 in jail beating verdict or face debtors court action

Former Sheriff Lee Baca must decide within a week whether to pay $100,000 in damages stemming from a 2013 civil lawsuit involving an inmate abuse case or face liens on his assets.

L.A. County jail guard charged with assault for looking the other way while inmates beat someone up

The inmate said he was summoned to a spot under a stairway where no jail guards or cameras would be able to see.

Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca has Alzheimer’s disease, but he still faces a 6-month prison term

Ex-Sheriff Baca has Alzheimer's, but prosecutors still seek 6-month prison term

Recorded interview reveals former Sheriff Lee Baca lying to a federal prosecutor

The sheriff's lie came 25 minutes into the interview. It was an April afternoon in 2013, and a federal prosecutor was bearing down on Lee Baca, trying to find out how much he knew about his underlings' attempts to obstruct FBI agents investigating corruption and brutality by deputies inside his Los Angeles County jails.

Why ex-L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca gets to keep his pension even if he goes to jail for lying

Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca could lose his freedom for up to six months when he is sentenced in federal court in May, but there's one thing he won't forfeit -- his county pension.

Southland counties sued over 'excessive' phone fees in jail systems

Jail inmates and their families filed a lawsuit Thursday against Los Angeles County as well as nearby counties, alleging that the fees for inmate telephone

Early jail releases have surged since California's prison realignment

A Times investigation shows a significant shift in who is being let out of jail, how early and where

Details emerge about restrained jail inmate who went 32 hours without food

A Los Angeles County jail inmate who went for 32 hours with no food, only one cup of water and no access to a toilet seemed to have been deliberately passed

Baca nephew is subject of inmate abuse probe