The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved a motion that seeks to develop a plan to close Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday.
LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said the Men's Central Jail is outdated, crumbling and dangerous and closing it would be logical, fiscally prudent and an opportunity for community healing.
LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva listed the thousands of felony suspects still jailed for crimes including murder, attempted murder and domestic violence.
He told the board "you tell me how safe you think you’re going to be with those out."
It was noted, however, this is not about releasing dangerous criminals into the street. It’s about seeking a different way forward – really to implement the county’s vision of: Care first, jail last.
The motion directs a working group convened by the Sheriff’s Department and the Officer of Diversion and Reentry to consult with an array of others to report back on what would need to be taken into account in order to close.