The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is the largest sheriff’s department in the nation with over 17,000 employees. They also run the nation’s largest county jail system. From December 1998 to January 2014, Lee Baca was the Los Angeles County Sheriff and he ran his jail system with an iron fist. Apparently, his fist was too iron as there were numerous complaints of prisoner abuse, under Baca’s watch. The FBI was called in to investigate and Baca didn’t like it.
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for his role in obstructing a federal investigation into abuses at the largest jail system in the US under his watch.
Baca, who pleaded guilty in February to lying to federal investigators, had sought probation, with his attorneys saying their 74-year-old client is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Federal prosecutors had asked for a two-year prison term, but the federal judge went for three years.
Baca had faced a maximum of 20 years in prison.
US District Judge Percy Anderson said Baca “knew what he was doing was wrong, and he had no problem using his office to further his own agenda,” according to a Department of Justice statement. “Blind obedience to a corrupt culture has serious consequences.”…
When someone is convicted of a crime and sentenced to prison, they should not be molly-coddled like many liberal social workers and Democrats want. They are in jail to be punished for breaking the law. Jail is, or should be, a place of punishment, not a grand hotel stay like Obama wanted.