Concerned that federal authorities could soon intervene in the operation of Los Angeles County’s outdated jail system, the county’s Board of Supervisors took a significant step yesterday toward replacing the Men’s Central Jail and renovating other facilities to reduce crowding and increase mental health services for prisoners, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The board voted to accept a report from consultants who outlined five jail renovation options. All options included tearing down and replacing the cornerstone of the nation’s largest jail system — the Men’s Central Jail — and reconfiguring other facilities. Supervisors were wary of the $1.3-billion to $1.6-billion price tag — if approved, it would be the county’s largest building project ever. They were more concerned about jail conditions prompting the federal government to wrest away control.