- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - After six years, federal investigators say Orange County jails have shown great improvement and won’t need their oversight much longer.

The Orange County Register (https://bit.ly/1gI5SbR) reported Thursday that the long investigation now nearing its end was triggered by lax medical care, prevalent use of force and one detainee’s beating death by fellow inmates.

The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division wrote in a letter to county CEO Michael Giancola made public this week that a “recent round of inspections revealed a much improved facility.”

Investigators highlighted some areas of concern, including the use of a chokehold on inmates, inadequate weapons controls and medical shortcomings.

Assistant Sheriff Steve Kea, who runs the jails, says many recommendations have already been instituted, including when the so-called “carotid control hold” can be used.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, https://www.ocregister.com


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