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Sheriff Alex Villanueva Responds To Measure R Debate




 Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva speaks on January 27, 2020 in Calabasas, California.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva speaks on January 27, 2020 in Calabasas, California.
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Los Angeles County will vote on Measure R on March 3. The measure would give the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s civilian oversight board increased subpoena power, and it would also require the county to research and publish a plan to implement effective mental health treatment in order to lower the jail population.

Today on AirTalk, LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva responds to Measure R and the potential changes it poses to the Sheriff's Department.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors previously voted to give the inspector general the power to issue subpoenas to investigate complaints from inmates and citizens. Under Measure R, that same subpoena power would be given to the Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission.

Guest:

Alex Villanueva, Sheriff of Los Angeles County; he tweets @LACoSheriff