Tuesday, April 10, 2012

ACLU, Sheriff Back Plan To Close L.A. Central Jail

A new report by a national corrections expert reveals that Los Angeles County can close its notorious Men’s Central Jail without having to build a costly new facility. The 31-page report recommends rehabilitation programs instead of incarceration for low-risk offenders and those awaiting trial. It also suggests moving 2,000 beds to a north Los Angeles County jail to deal with the influx of state prisoners under California’s realignment plan. This morning, the ACLU of Southern California held a joint press conference with Sheriff Lee Baca to discuss the study. Ernesto Arce filed this report from Los Angeles.