Watchdog Votes to Sue LA Sheriff for Defying Subpoena Over Jail Conditions

A civilian commission tasked with oversight of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department voted unanimously Thursday to pursue legal action against Sheriff Alex Villanueva, a day after he defied a subpoena to testify on measures to protect incarcerated people against Covid-19 infection in county jails.

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Virus Safety in Prison

In a class action brought by inmates, the Eleventh Circuit stayed an injunction, pending appeal, that requires the Metro West Detention Center in Florida to employ several safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The court also expedited the appeal. As of Friday, 163 inmates in the prison had tested positive for the virus.

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