Sheriff's alternative ways tested by abuse claims

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca says he is considering sweeping changes to the way his jail network is run.

The beleaguered sheriff, who has come under fire in recent weeks over claims that deputies abused inmates, says he is reviewing the practice of rotating every new deputy through the jails before they are allowed on patrol.

He says some deputies may prefer to work exclusively in the jails while others might rather want to pass on the assignment altogether.

He has blamed deputy frustration as contributing to violence against inmates in some cases.

Baca says he also wants to establish a new citizens group to oversee any overhauls to the jails.