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Integration of asian inmates angers families

Unread postby InterestedGuy » February 2nd, 2004, 11:43 pm

Integration of Asian Inmates Angers Families
Sheriff Lee Baca meets with about two dozen people concerned that his move to end jail segregation will put loved ones in danger.



By Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer


Nearly two dozen people angered by a recent decision by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to place Asian and Asian American inmates into the general population at the Men's Central Jail met with Sheriff Lee Baca on Monday, urging him to reconsider the move.

Family, friends and loved ones of the Asian jail inmates said that ending a decade-long policy of segregation in an "Asian-only module" at the downtown Los Angeles jail would put the inmates in danger.




The unit housed about 300 inmates out of a total population of 7,000.

Rosie Tse, whose husband has been in jail while awaiting trial on suspicion of home-invasion robbery, said after the meeting that she was disappointed that Baca chose to focus on the importance of ending segregation at the jail rather than on maintaining a safe jail environment.

"I've already accepted that he's serving time," Tse said. "I'm upset that he's not safe in jail."

Sheriff's deputies began moving the Asian inmates out of their segregated dorms early last week, causing some to set fire to mattresses and flood their cells.

Deputies quelled the uprising with high-powered water hoses, according to sources. No major injuries were reported.

Sheriff's officials on a daily basis match inmate demographics with the capacity of each jail facility to determine the proper ethnic mix, Assistant Sheriff Doyle Campbell said. Asian gang members will continue to be segregated, he said. The shift away from segregation should save resources, he added.

The segregation policy was adopted in the early 1990s when there was a far lower proportion of Asian inmates relative to other racial groups at the Men's Central Jail.

But over the past decade, the Asian population has increased to the point that — given budget constraints, jail closures and deputy layoffs — a return to the general population is necessary, Campbell said. "This was not done irrationally," he said.

But Ben Wizner, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, said Monday that the decision could backfire if any of the Asian inmates are seriously injured.

"The legal standard is whether jail officials were 'deliberately indifferent' to the health and safety of inmates," said Wizner, adding that the ACLU has not taken a formal position on the re-integration of Asian inmates. "In this case, it would be difficult for jail officials to say they were not on notice of the inmates' fears for their safety."

Campbell said the Sheriff's Department would address the concerns of inmates' loved ones with follow-up meetings and a tour of the jail.

"Our goal is their goal … a safe jail environment," Campbell said. "That's what we told them, and we will monitor it. If it appears this has placed them in an undue amount of jeopardy, we could reverse the decision."

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Re: Integration of asian inmates angers families

Unread postby BIG DUSTY LOCO » February 3rd, 2004, 9:40 am

Yeah, well we all know what the outcome will be after they desegregate. And even with protests from outside and the inside, gladiator school will be in session.

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Re: Integration of asian inmates angers families

Unread postby GIBBY » February 3rd, 2004, 10:26 am

".....The segregation policy was adopted in the early 1990s when there was a far lower proportion of Asian inmates relative to other racial groups at the Men's Central Jail...."

YEAH RIGHT.


The Los Angles County will end up getting some law suits placed on thier butts. They cany knowingly place people in danger in such a flaigrent manner. I would think vatos could still PCup. Well that goes for the ones who know about whats going on, but for the ones who dont

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Unread postby BIG DUSTY LOCO » February 3rd, 2004, 10:36 am

LOL...yeah...lawsuits usually bode well for dead meat...LOL...

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Re: Integration of asian inmates angers families

Unread postby wcrockets » February 3rd, 2004, 1:36 pm

That's crazy. Absolutely crazy.

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Re: Integration of asian inmates angers families

Unread postby direeee » February 3rd, 2004, 5:27 pm

what are the chances that this will turn into blood shed in the streets

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Unread postby E`S`T » February 3rd, 2004, 7:24 pm

Blood is alraedy being shed in the streets of Long Beach. I don't know if the Asian/Cambodian/Pinoy/Vietnamese gangs are doing anything to retaliate but I do know that them Longeros have been pretty active lately.

And no disprespect intended, but if you are Asian and you get busted, say a prayer homies!!!

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Re: Integration of asian inmates angers families

Unread postby George » February 4th, 2004, 8:25 am

Actually some TRG's just busted on some Longo's recently i heard. The Orientals are pissed cuz of what they saw on America's Most Wanted concerning that coward who killed the Cambodian dude returning home from the war in Iraq. ANd its not just gang members who are upset either, also the older Cambodians/Viets are stressing whats going on in their community and also expressing anger towards the Hispanic community for not stepping up to the plate and trying to resolve this conflict.

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Re: Integration of asian inmates angers families

Unread postby BIG DUSTY LOCO » February 7th, 2004, 12:02 am

Yeah, it was pretty quiet in LB. Now there's been a lot of activity, probably the peewees from ESL doing their thing. The khmer's may not have the population like the southsiders, but they are about their business no doubt about that. The elders know retaliation will do nothing to bring harmony. Buddhist doctrine holds harmony and living in concert with the world and those around you. I've met some TRG veteranos, you couldn't even tell they were former gangsters. The younger guys I've never ran into, but I wouldn't count them out. A lot of their guys have been doing time for all the stuff that popped off in the early 90's. Some might have gotten out, but to be released to the same stuff they went in for?

Both the KHMER community and LONG BEACH HISPANIC community need to sit down at the table and settle this thing before anymore blood is shed needlessly. I believe the KHMER community has some kind of influence on their children, and the Hispanic LB community should have as well. I hope.


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