The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted on May 6th to replace the county’s primary correctional facility. The future two tower structure will be a Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility (CCTF) that holds 4,860 beds. Under this replacement plan the county will also construct a new women’s facility at the Mira Loma Detention Center in Lancaster. Both facilities are estimated to cost close to $2 billion. These facilities will substantially advance the level of treatment and services that mentally ill inmates and those with distinct health needs currently receive. The existing Men’s Central Jail Complex offers outdated and inadequate features for inmates with special health needs.
Vanir Construction Management Inc. was contracted by the county in April of 2013 in order to create a comprehensive jail plan. Vanir’s initial report identified a number of critical needs which included the demolition of the Men’s Central Jail. The CCTF is a huge investment for the county and building it presents risks of increased ongoing operational expenses. Vanir believes that “ this investment should be balanced against the benefits to the county of reduced risk, reduced recidivism rates, increased public safety, improved healthcare outcomes and better work environment for thousands of employees treating and caring for the inmate patients.” Vanir’s primary goal is to provide the Board of Supervisors the most accurate information available so that they may make a knowledgeable decision.
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