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By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 09/17/13, 6:53 PM PDT | Updated: 5 hrs ago

Saying the troubled Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department should be placed under greater scrutiny, the county Board of Supervisors stepped up its search for an inspector general Tuesday but stopped short of creating a proposed citizens oversight commission.

Also Tuesday, the board voted to ease overcrowding in local jails by sending 500 low-risk inmates to camps where they can be pressed into service by the Fire Department.

Next week, the board will consider transferring 500 other inmates — those with the longest sentences — to a municipal jail in Taft, Kern County.

With the LASD under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice over excessive use of force and other misconduct in jails, and alleged civil rights violations of mentally ill inmates as well as minority recipients of federal housing assistance in the Antelope Valley, Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Gloria Molina urged colleagues to appoint an oversight commission.

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