Terri McDonald will soon be the Custody Chief, working directly for Sheriff Baca in the LA County Jail System. The article linked here from NPR seems to say that she is the neatest thing since sliced bread. If she was in fact what they think she is, that might be so. I confess I don’t know Ms. McDonald, but I know several people who do. They universally believe that she is nasty, unpleasant, arrogant (with nothing to be arrogant about) and unknowledgable about adult institutions operations to the point of being incompetent. And those are her good qualities. The taxpayers of LA County are going to pay her over $230,000 a year to run their jails and be an expert on realignment.
If they think they have a screwed up jail system now wait until she is done “managing” it. If it is anything like her “management” of CDCr she will shortstop critical information coming upstream because she doesn’t like it, issue edicts downstream with little regard for the effects these edicts will have in the real world, go out of her way to alienate competent knowledgable bureaucrats within the system and bring in and promote sycophants who will tell her and Sheriff Baca what she wants them to say, as opposed to what they should hear.
Other than that, it’s all good.
Thanks to Bob for the link.