Los Angeles, CA–After various rallies and organizing efforts from multiple groups and support from organizations including Community Coalition, Justice Los Angeles and Youth Justice Coalition, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted today to turn Men’s Central Jail into a Mental Health Facility.
The L.A Board of Supervisors rejected the $4 billion plan to build more prisons and opted instead to pursue public health based alternatives that will work to divert from the public jail system. The plan will work to expand medical and mental health care systems and reduce police contact.
The facility will now be managed by the Department of Health and Human Services and staffed by the Department of Mental Health.
Two Supervisors, however, Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl opposed the idea, according to news reports.
According to KTLA, the board was set to vote on whether to replace the facility with a mental health jail that was to be named the Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility. Supervisor Hahn and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas wrote an amendment to move forward with the contract, but change the project to a mental health treatment center.
Men’s Central Jail is a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department county jail for men in Los Angeles and is one of the oldest jail facilities, built in 1963