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#LASD Sheriff Villanueva’s Statement Regarding Custody Data and Standards


#LASD Sheriff Villanueva’s Statement Regarding Custody Data and Standards

On January 30, 2019, I conducted a press conference to discuss the current state of the Department.  During this press conference, I presented statistical data compiled by the previous administration related to violence within the Los Angeles County jail system. Statistics regarding jail violence were developed by Custody Division utilizing several data systems, some of which have been in use by the Department for decades.  The transition team utilized the derived statistics to create charts in order to graphically display the information.    
 
The Department is conducting an analysis of numerous facets within the organization’s operations.  Concurrently, the Department is evaluating the impact of all current and proposed policies to ensure they are in compliance with all ethical and legal statutes.  Any suggestions that existing policies have been rescinded, or modified in any way, is incorrect. The organization will continue to evaluate and augment Department policies, in order to address the threat of growing violence within the jail system. 
 
I have reiterated to all employees that they have the right to defend themselves when they are attacked within our jail system, and they are expected to act within all legal, ethical and policy guidelines.
 
We will continue to work with federal monitors to ensure all mandates and provisions are implemented in a manner to ensure full compliance.  The Department will continue to provide critical information to the public, which underscores my commitment to transparency.
 

Sheriff Alex Villanueva