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Reviews find poor oversight of California prisons, jails

The state's inspector general said that wardens exonerated more than 98% of prison employees under the new system.
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FILE - In this June 20, 2018 file photo , inmates pass a correctional officer as they leave an exercise yard at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Calif. A new report says California prisons and jails should do more to protect guards from prisoners who fling bodily fluids in so-called "gassing" attacks. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is spending nearly $10 million a year to improve its handling of inmates’ allegations of staff misconduct. But the state's inspector general says the process remains broken and is neither independent nor fair.

Wardens exonerated more than 98% of prison employees under the new system. Most complaints were never passed on to the newly created Allegation Inquiry Management Section.

In a separate review also released Tuesday, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office says the state’s process for inspecting about 550 local detention facilities, including county jails and juvenile lockups, lacks a clear mission, goals and teeth to force improvements.

To read the full article from the Associated Press, click HERE.

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