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Men’s Central Jail will be replaced by mental health hospital -- but questions still abound




A locked cellblock inside the Los Angeles Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles, 19 May 2004.
A locked cellblock inside the Los Angeles Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles, 19 May 2004.
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On Tuesday, the LA County Board of Supervisors voted to replace the Men’s Central Jail with at least one mental health treatment facility.

The facility would be under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health Services rather than the Sheriff’s Department. The county will also mull over constructing smaller, mental-health focused centers.

Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis voted against the move, saying that a large facility would be a bad setting for treating people with mental illness.

We check in with KPCC’s criminal justice and public safety reporter Frank Stoltze, who was at the board meeting yesterday.

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Frank Stoltze, KPCC’s criminal justice and public safety correspondent