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Sheriff Baca Will Hold Christmas Mass At Men's Central Jail Amid Abuse Allegations

Men's Central Jail. Photo by Matthew Logelin via the LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr
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L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, along with Archbishop Jose Gomez, will be holding an annual mass at Men's Central Jail on Christmas morning.

There's nothing wrong with holding a Christmas mass, but having Baca involved makes it more than a little awkward. Men's Central Jail has been the epicenter of a massive federal investigation regarding inmate abuse at the hands of correctional officers, as well as a failed attempt at obstruction of justice by jail employees regarding an inmate-turned-informant who was working with the FBI to document the abuse.

According to a statement from the LASD, Baca and Gomez will hold the service with the general population of the jail in the 3000 Chapel. "This annual tradition allows the inmates to participate in the holiday ceremony, despite their incarceration." the release states.

We're certain inmates will love to take part in a mass headed by the man who allegedly signed off on hiding the abuse.

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Merry Christmas, MCJ!

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