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Take Action: Does a Sheriff Who Allows Sexual Abuse to Thrive in His Jails Deserve to Win "Sheriff of the Year"?


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JL
- 557 days ago - justdetention.org
Under Sheriff Lee Baca's watch, abusive conditions, like sexual assault, have thrived in Los Angeles County jails. Yet the appalling treatment of inmates didn't stop the National Sheriffs' Association from naming Sheriff Baca its "Sheriff of the Year."



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JL A. (275)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 2:24 pm

Does a sheriff who allows sexual abuse to thrive in his jails deserve to win “Sheriff of the Year”? We don’t think so – and you can help us do all we can to stop it from happening.

Lee Baca, "Sheriff of the Year"? Not on our Watch!

In 2006, I was raped in Los Angeles’ Twin Towers Jail. My attacker was a sheriff’s deputy. I felt so alone when it happened – but now, sadly, I know that I wasn’t.

Since my rape, it has come out that gangs of deputies were terrorizing inmates like me. Right now, Los Angeles County’s jails are being investigated by federal authorities because of rampant sexual and physical abuse against inmates — all committed by staff.

So I was shocked to learn that Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was named “Sheriff of the Year” by the National Sheriffs’ Association. How could Sheriff Baca, a man who did nothing to stop the abuse of people in his care – a man who admitted he was out of touch – get his profession’s top honor?

Sheriff Baca’s shameful lack of leadership is why so many officials, like the deputy who assaulted me, think they can get away with abusing inmates.

I resolved to take a stand – and now I need your help.

With JDI’s support, I’m mobilizing thousands of people to tell the National Sheriffs’ Association to reverse its decision to give this award to Sheriff Baca. Will you join me?

Please help me send a message that officials like Lee Baca don’t deserve to be honored. It matters to the thousands of people locked up in Los Angeles County. It matters to me.

Thank you!

Frank Mendoza
Member, JDI Survivor Council

P.S. I really believe we can do this. The National Sheriffs’ Association is giving its award in June, so we have a few months to get as many signatures as we can. But we need to act fast to make sure our voices are heard.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 2:30 pm
Not on my watch either! Signed! thx JL
 

Autumn S. (150)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 2:37 pm
signed and noted, thanks JL
 

Kelly Rogers (303)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 2:41 pm
How did I know this was him without even looking at the picture. He is such a slim he is not willing to give the women whose truck that was shot up 102 times a new one. When the cops thought they were Christopher Dorner. Does not surprise me at all, SCUMBAG
 

Kelly Rogers (303)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 2:43 pm
This just doesn't happen in L.A.. When I was in San Jose and at Elwood I was threatened to be taken for "an elevator ride" if I did not stop crying. This was well over 23 years ago. The elevator signified rape
 

Angelika R. (143)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 3:34 pm
I better NOT tell you all what I experienced in LA back in the late 60s, early 70s-had never dreamed there could be any violence, just flower power..
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 3:49 pm
You are welcome Angelika and Autumn.
You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last day.
You cannot currently send a star to Autumn because you have done so within the last day.
 

Joe R. (191)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 3:54 pm
Thanks JL. Signed and noted.
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1653)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 5:01 pm
Oh this scumbag sounds horrible!! He has no morals!! Gladly signed thnx JL!!
 

Terry V. (30)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 5:19 pm
S&N THANKS!!!
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 5:23 pm
You are welcome Joe, BarbCat and Terry!
You cannot currently send a star to Joe because you have done so within the last day.
 

John B. (215)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 6:35 pm
Thanks J.L. for the link. Signed and noted.
"Thank you so much for taking action!"
Sheriff Baca needs to be given the "flying finger of the year" award.
 

John B. (215)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 6:38 pm
I think I screwed up on the award title. It should be the "Fickle Finger of Fate" ( from the Rowen & Martin show).
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 6:42 pm
LOL John! You are welcome. You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last day.
 

Sara W. (110)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 6:53 pm
Signed.
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 7:43 pm


Thank you so much for taking action! - and tweeted
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 7:52 pm
Thanks for spreading the word Kit! You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
 

Darcie Busch (0)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 9:39 pm
I so agree John B.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (388)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 11:27 pm
Noted and signed. Of course he shouldn't receive this award! He should be reprimanded instead!
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 5:54 am
S&N
 

Carol D. (109)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 8:32 am
Typical!! Sounds like jobs for the boys regardless of what they have done or what their morals are


S&N thanks
 

Michael Kirkby (85)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 10:42 am
Signed & posted on my Twitter page.
 

Edwin M. (366)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 10:45 am
Done, thanks JL
 

Natalie V. (27)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 3:44 pm
noted / signed
 

Suzy F. (94)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 3:56 pm
Signed and shared. I'm sorry this happened to you!
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 4:05 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Dan and Tina because you have done so within the last day.
 

Judith Hand (59)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 4:05 pm
Noted. Glad to know this organization exists.
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 4:12 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Jude because you have done so within the last day.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 4:15 pm
It just had to be signed.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 4:55 pm
firmato
 

Bette M. (91)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 5:07 pm
S & N

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant and protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (275)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 6:12 pm
DONE
 

Sandra Patterson (60)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 7:49 pm
Sheriff of the year? No way,signed and noted
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 10:58 pm
Very terrible and unjust.
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday March 22, 2013, 12:10 am
Thank you.
Thank you so much for taking action! Now please help us spread the word by telling your friends to demand that the National Sheriffs’ Association reverse its decision to honor Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca.

He most certainly does not deserve to win a title like that. Horrible to think of those abuses going on. It's sickening and upsetting. Thanks JL
 

Anna Undebeck (205)
Friday March 22, 2013, 2:15 am
Noted and signed. Thank you JL
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Friday March 22, 2013, 5:53 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Angelus Silesius (66)
Friday March 22, 2013, 5:53 am
Prisons are inherently sadistic and the guards are often people who want power and like having the ability to see people degraded.
 

JL A. (275)
Friday March 22, 2013, 9:02 am
You are welcome Robert, Anna and Kerrie.
 

Fran F. (112)
Friday March 22, 2013, 11:39 pm
Does a sheriff who allows sexual abuse to thrive in his jails deserve to win "Sheriff of the Year"? No, all he deserves is to be fired. Signed and noted, thanks, JL.
 
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