Sheriff's officials to update LA County supervisors on jail reforms

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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.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors once again takes up reforms inside L.A.’s troubled jail system, in an update scheduled on Tuesday.

Sheriff’s officials are scheduled to give an update on reforms recommended by the supervisor’s jail watchdog, Merrick Bobb. Those reforms include purchasing video cameras that can be worn by deputies to monitor their interactions with inmates.

The FBI is investigating allegations that deputies routinely use excessive force against inmates.

Those charges have subsided in recent months as Sheriff Lee Baca has focused more attention on his lockups. He’s appointed a group of new commanders at Men’s Central Jail.

Critics worry the reduced use of force could be temporary.

Baca’s faced a series of controversies recently, including revelations that his department provided a sheriff’s car to a reserve deputy who was also a political contributor.

Supervisors have asked for a report on that too, including why the sheriff has refused to provide the news media with details of his reserve deputies program.

Correction: This story's headline originally said that the L.A. County Board of Supervisors was updating the city, while it is actually the L.A. County Sheriff's Department updating the Board of Supervisors.

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