Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2002 13:32:20 -0700 (PDT)

OC Jail Abuse: What's Carona doing?

Irvine -- Why does OC Jail continue to have such a bad reputation for its mistreatment of inmates? The jail, under the supervision of Sheriff Mike Carona, is now again under the spotlight, even as Carona basks in the mainstream media limelight for his role in apprehending the sole suspect in the Samantha Runion case.

Earlier this year, a gay Vietnamese American student at UCI reported he was beaten up at OC Jail by a sheriff's deputy. And more recently, several black inmates have filed a lawsuit against their jailers, charging that a "psycho crew" of deputies beats black inmates regularly. Deputies have also been accused of staging fights among inmates, a charge reminiscent of those at the state prison, Corcoran.

On Tuesday on Subversity, a KUCI public affairs program, we talk with the black inmates' lawyer, long-time civil rights attorney Dick Herman, who since the 1970s has been monitoring jail conditions as part of a settlement the county originally reached with the ACLU.

To listen to the show, tune to 88.9 fm Tuesday from 4-5 p.m for Subversity. It's also aired on the Web via

To join the discussion, call (949) 824-5824 during the show.

See also:

Black inmates accuse jailers of racism, abuse


Daniel C. Tsang
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