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L.A. County Jails Might Close, Sheriff Warns

February 24, 2009  | 

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca on Monday threatened to close the Men's Central Jail and perhaps a second detention facility when he and other county department heads are forced to cut their budgets.

Baca said closing the downtown Los Angeles jail, which would greatly reduce the capacity of the county jail system and lead to more early releases of inmates, might be necessary to bridge what he estimates will be a $72-million gap in his budget.

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Tags: Corrections, Budget Cuts, L.A. County Sheriff, Great Recession


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