To meet a longstanding federal zero tolerance policy on sexual abuse in prisons, jails and detention facilities, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a dedicated team to implement plans for the sheriff’s and probation departments.

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl recommended the move, saying both departments have made progress but more needs to be done. The motion also calls for individual compliance teams within each department.

Brian Williams, who heads the Civilian Oversight Commission that oversees the sheriff’s department, called it “a giant leap forward” but acknowledged that the federal 2003 Prison Rape Elimination Act is “an incredibly difficult and complex mandate.”


There is NEVER EVER any excuse for rape.

This multi-department team, together with the Civilian Oversight Commission, will ensure that the county takes all necessary steps to comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act by establishing a zero-tolerance policy for sexual assault against those in our custody.

We’re committed to building a national model in making our jails and youth facilities among the safest in the country — because everyone has the right to be protected from assault.