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Crime: Life behind bars in the United States

Published on Oct 4, 2012 3:59 PM

(REUTERS) - A selection of images showing correctional facilities across the United States.

A Los Angeles commission has found that county jails have not done enough to reduce unwarranted use of force.

The findings of the Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence, created by county officials in October 2011, are the latest in a string of critical reports on the country’s largest county jail system, including one last year from the American Civil Liberties Union that said some deputies had formed gangs that encouraged assaults.

"Multiple witnesses, both inmates and non-inmates, described numerous instances in which (sheriff's) personnel used force when no threat was present, used force disproportionate to the threat posed, used force after the threat had ended, or enabled inmates to assault other inmates," the report said.