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Sheriff Lee Baca readies for final jail violence report

Sheriff Lee Baca and Men's Central

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L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca conducts an inspection of Men's Central Jail in Downtown Los Angeles in this photo from December 2011.

Reporters caught up with Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca at the Fire Department's Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center Thursday, where Baca joined other L.A. leaders in announcing a large new Homeland Security grant for Southern California.

Naturally, questions turned to the impending release Friday of the Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence report, which is the culmination of several of investigations into claims of inmate abuse in Los Angeles County jails. Baca gave a bit of insight as to his thoughts on revelations of jail violence.

Baca on the commission

"The commission was part of my planning with the board of supervisors. This is something I asked for. I have found that certain people testified about certain things and then when I asked others about the same thing, they had a different version of what occurred. So we've got some issues in that regard. But overall, I think the recommendations are designed to improve what we do." 

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