Reforming Los Angeles County Jails

Munger, Tolles & Olson played a major role in the Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence investigating violence in the Los Angeles County jails, the largest jail system in the country.

Munger Tolles partner Tamerlin Godley served as deputy general counsel for the commission. Ms. Godley investigated the training and promotion policies and procedures for Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies as part of the commission’s work.

In addition to the hundreds of hours of pro bono attorney time, Munger Tolles  also donated office space to house the commission’s administrative function. 

The commission was formed amid concerns about inappropriate use of force in L.A. County jails. After a year-long investigation, the commission presented its findings at a public hearing in September 2012, concluding that deputies had used excessive force over a period of years and identified personnel and institutional reasons for this problem. Its report recommended more than 60 reforms, including significant management changes and revamping discipline for excessive force.

Subsequently, L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca agreed to the reforms.