L.A. Leaders Approve New, $2.2 Billion Jail

Los Angeles County supervisors have unanimously approved a $2.2 billion plan to replace the 55-year-old Men’s Central Jail. The new facility, to completed by 2028, will specifically be designed to handle inmates with physical and mental health problems.

The board approved the jail’s budget and certified the results of an environmental impact report Tuesday. The new Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility will include an inmate reception center designed to speed up inmate processing, inmate-patient beds for those with mental illness, and greater space for therapy, visitation, and recreational activities.

The Men’s Central Jail has been described as crowded and “decrepit.” The newer Twin Towers Facility, which houses the majority of the county’s inmates, offers little space for health treatment services.

According to figures from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, approximately 70% of county jail inmates are either physically or mentally ill.

Read more about the plan for the new jail here



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