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Supervisors reconsider plans for new jails

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Feb. 12 to scrap plans for a women’s jail in Lancaster and approved a new vision for a downtown mental health treatment center, though many criminal justice advocates worried that it might only be a jail by another name. The board room was filled Read More…

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Juvenile justice advocates seek ban on pepper spray

LOS ANGELES — Concerned about the use of pepper spray in Los Angeles County juvenile halls and camps, the county Board of Supervisors Feb. 5 proposed more training, more cameras and more mental health resources, while juvenile justice advocates called for an outright ban. A report by the Office of Inspector General found that some Read More…

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New sheriff says jail guards have right to fight back

LOS ANGELES — Sheriff Alex Villanueva accused his predecessor of underreporting jail violence while tying deputies’ hands and leaving them vulnerable to inmate assaults, saying he will let jail guards know they have a right to defend themselves. “The conditions [in the jails] are destabilizing,” Villanueva told reporters Jan. 30 at the Hall of Justice. Read More…