LA County Board Of Supervisors Votes Unanimously To Close A Men's Jail, 'Restore Dignity' To Community
“We must reduce our reliance just on caging people,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who helped introduce the plan.
July 08, 2020 at 1:40 pm
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to create a plan to close the Men’s Central Jail in Downtown Los Angeles.
KCAL 9 reports the supervisors are looking to find alternatives to the jail and plan to close it within the year. They're hoping its closure will be a step toward reshaping the community’s health and public safety.
“LA County is prioritizing our ‘care first, jails last’ approach to criminal justice to demonstrate our commitment to racial and economic justice,” Supervisor Hilda Solis said. “Closing Men’s Central Jail will restore dignity to our communities. People are not made whole locked up in a decrepit cell. We also recognize that many in our justice-involved population lack access to affordable housing and wraparound services.”