I get the sense that Sheriff Lee Baca and Undersheriff Paul Tanaka trivialize the problems in their department and especially at the county's jails. With their attitudes, I have graves doubts that under their leadership the department will change no matter how many recommendations they receive.
One area that should be scrutinized is the department's hiring and retention of problem deputies.
If you have deputies who lie about small incidents, can we trust those deputies to tell the truth about incidents of major misconduct? Can the public trust their testimonies to the jail abuse panel?
The department must show no tolerance for misconduct by deputies. It's painfully obvious that suspensions and mentoring are not the answer. Of the more than 100,000 L.A. County employees, sheriff's deputies should be held to the highest standards.