UCLA School of Law to Host Discussion on Human Rights Violations Against L.A. County Jail Inmates and Need for Civilian Review Board


April 22, 2014


WHAT: UCLA School of Law’s International Human Rights Clinic will hold a panel discussion on human rights violations against L.A. County jail inmates, and the need for a civilian review board for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. Patrisse Cullors, who leads the Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails, and two survivors of inmate abuse, will discuss the problem of jail violence in L.A. and the work of the Coalition and UCLA Law students to address it.

WHO: Patrisse Cullors, Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails
Two survivors of jail violence
UCLA Law Students, International Human Rights Clinic at UCLA School of Law

WHEN: Wednesday April 23, 2014 from 12:15-1:30 p.m.

WHERE: UCLA School of Law, Room 1447

CONTACTS: Tendayi Achiume, UCLA School of Law, (310) 267-4715, achiume@law.ucla.edu

Patrisse Cullors, Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails, (213) 375-4518, patrissemarie@gmail.com

BACKGROUND: Patterns of misconduct have persisted within the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) for decades.  Serious problems of excessive force, lax oversight and a general culture of aggression have been extensively documented, including by the Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence (CCJV). As reform efforts gather pace, the Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails, which has worked tirelessly to bring attention to the problem of jail violence, has urged the immediate creation of a Civilian Review Board (CRB) to oversee the LASD and allow community members with a personal stake in sheriff violence their seat at the table. Students in UCLA’s International Human Rights Clinic have provided valuable research support to the Coalition as it develops a new vision for civilian oversight of the LASD.

The UCLA Law International Human Rights Clinic is a yearlong clinic that introduces students to human rights law theory and practice in the service of real clients.