Crime & Justice

LA supes vote to replace Men's Central Jail with psychiatric hospital

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This story aired on Feb. 12, 2019.

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to tear down the dilapidated Men's Central Jail - but the board abandoned a plan to replace it with a jail for people with mental health problems. Instead, the board voted to use the $2 billion budgeted for the project to build a psychiatric hospital, winning mixed reviews from advocates for the mentally ill. KPCC's Frank Stoltze discusses the decision and what its implications.