Los Angeles Daily News report: Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said late Sunday he has ordered changes in the jails after learning that an inmate was allegedly left handcuffed and deprived of food for more than 30 hours following an arrest last month.
A new around-the-clock team has been created to facilitate movement of inmates to a housing area where they receive mandatory welfare checks periodically, which is reducing wait times at the Inmate Reception Center, McDonnell said. The sheriff has also ordered additional training on handcuffing inmates, and officials have been tasked with drafting a training document with new policies on handcuffing and feeding inmates as well as procedures for isolation cells, he said.
“The goals are to be able to ensure that people are kept in a safe manner, treated in a humane manner, that they receive appropriate medical care,” McDonnell said by phone late Sunday night. “The context is you’re dealing with people who are dealing with mental illness issues. They oftentimes have to be restrained to protect them and those around them. Trying to get that balance between minimal restraint and safety is always a challenge.”
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