Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission Ordinance
Citizen's Initiative +requires a majority vote
What would this measure do?
Measure R requires that the Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission research and draft a Comprehensive Public Safety Reinvestment Plan and Feasibility Study to reduce the county's jail population and reinvest savings from reducing the jail population to provide prevention and mental health treatment. The plan should create mental health alternative custody programs that reduce recidivism and expand youth centers and programs to prevent youth from getting into crime.
The measure also would empower the Commission to conduct their own investigations of the Sheriff's operations by granting the power to subpoena documents and witnesses, to administer oaths and to produce written reports of investigations.
The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County supports promoting police accountability through independent oversight. "Effective oversight requires subpoena power to compel documents and the witness testimony necessary to perform a full investigation," stated state president Carol Moon Goldberg. In addition, studies have shown that youth violence prevention, mental health treatment, and housing programs that address chronic homelessness work better than incarceration to prevent crime. It has also been found that the recidivism of youth and adults is higher if persons have been jailed rather than released to supportive treatment. Therefore, the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County supports Measure R and urges voters to vote YES on Measure R.