Los Angeles County supervisors are concerned about the inadequate facilities at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles and they want the penitentiary torn down and replaced.
Vanir laid out five options for the county all of which involved replacing the Men’s Central Jail. The jail was built in the 1960’s and 70’s and predominantly houses inmates awaiting trial on felony charges. In addition to the new men’s prison, “[f]our out of five of the options include a new women’s jail, at Mira Loma or Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, or both.”
The new downtown facility would be constructed adjacent to the current jail site and would hold up to 5,860 inmates. The majority of the beds would be set aside for inmates who need mental health treatment. A smaller percentage of beds would be reserved for those requiring substance abuse treatment and medical care.
County supervisors plan to discuss the report May 6th and will determine which route, if any, to proceed with.
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