Former Los Angeles County inmates file action over treatment

A sign reading 'Skid Row' is painted on a wall next to the Los Angeles Mission, Sept. 22, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles' Skid Row contains one of the largest populations of homeless people in the United States.
A sign reading 'Skid Row' is painted on a wall next to the Los Angeles Mission, Sept. 22, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles' Skid Row contains one of the largest populations of homeless people in the United States.
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A group of homeless and mentally ill former inmates of Los Angeles County jails is blasting a settlement between the federal government and the county, saying it perpetuates the cycle between Skid Row and jail cells.

The group is filing a motion to intervene in the case Monday, arguing that the Department of Justice settlement fails to address the needs of mentally ill prisoners.

The action seeks to modify the Sept. 3 settlement to beef up provisions requiring the county to provide inmates with access to medical and mental health services.

The attorneys who represent the homeless people say the current requirements under the settlement fall far short of what's necessary.

Spokespeople for the Justice Department and the county were reviewing the action for possible comment.