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LAPD's $74-million jail sits empty because of budget cuts. What do you think?

June 22, 2010 |  8:42 am

The Los Angeles Police Department's new state-of-the-art detention center sits empty because of the city's dire fiscal crisis, which has left the LAPD unable to hire enough jailers to operate the large, labor-intensive facility.

When construction started, police officials never anticipated that the city would be locked in a budget crisis and hiring freeze when it was time to hire additional jailers. But now, with the LAPD increasingly desperate to vacate a dilapidated, overcrowded downtown jail that the new one is meant to replace, department leaders are considering ways of redirecting staff and other resources.

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Read more on the LAPD's empty jail.

In the video below, Times Staff Writer Joel Rubin talks about the LAPD's budget crisis. The jail situation is one of several places where LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has been forced to make cuts while also trying to keeping police patrols at safe levels.

What do you think? Share your thoughts below.

Photo: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times

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