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FBI investigation targets LA County jails

A sign outside the Twin Towers Correctional Facility is seen in this undated photo.

September 26, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles County jails have become the target of a civil-rights abuse investigation by the FBI.

Agents say they are looking into allegations in at least two separate cases.

The investigation follows complaints by the American Civil Liberties Union that one of its jail monitors saw deputies beat an inmate unconscious.

L.A. County Sheriff's officials say FBI agents have apparently gone as far as helping smuggle a cellphone into one facility to communicate with a prisoner.

Officials say the federal investigation is not warranted because several independent agencies already keep a close eye on L.A. County jails.