On Friday, the Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence added its nearly 200-page report to the outcry. The report determined that the problem of jail abuse within MCJ was facilitated by a lack of leadership and accountability within the LASD that conveyed the message that inmate abuse would be accepted or even encouraged instead of condemned.
But problems of lack of leadership and accountability surrounding jail abuse at Men's Central Jail have been known for years (at least to most people with even a passive interest in current affairs). The Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence focuses its report on recommended changes to jail operations.
Among the Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence recommendations are: appointment of a new Assistant Sheriff to take the helm of MCJ, the tearing down of MCJ all together (described in the report as "an antiquated, dungeon-like facility that exacerbates force problems in the jails"), additional funding for security cameras, and cooperation between the court system and LASD regarding pretrial release of low-risk offenders clogging the jails simply because they cannot afford to make bail.
The report also takes issue with the continued prominence of high-ranking LASD officials who have encouraged a culture of violence and jail abuse within Men's Central Jail, without any apparent repercussion. Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, for example, encouraged deputies to operate within the "gray" area of legal force and yet Tanaka still has not been meaningfully sanctioned.
According to the report: "The Commission believes that true reform of Los Angeles County's jails cannot take place if the Undersheriff continues to have any role, direct or indirect, in overseeing LASD's Custody operations or the disciplinary process, including IAB and ICIB. Although Tanaka's future at the Department is beyond the Commission's mandate, the Commission believes that the Sheriff should consider whether the Undersheriff should have any operational role or be in the chain of command over any part of the Department.”