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

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.


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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I applied, I passed all the required tests, I completed the background process. Then I received the letter stating due to bugdet restraints the city of LA will not open the jail. This was in 2007. Three years later, things are still broken.

What do i think?
I think someone in city hall got a good kickback for that contract going through.
I think schools are better than prisons ANYDAY!!!
Schools will not seat empty but since we have an empty jail why dont we increase the cops on the street and round up as many impoverished youth and homeless and put them in the jail, it will keep business going.
I think its a clear sign of what is wrong with this country we got money for wars and prisons but cant feed the poor.

This is absolutely typical government waste.

Nothing new here. Take money from needy families and waste it on government pork.

And, who will be held responsible? Why no one, that's who.

We can let Mayor V live there after he gets out of office along with all of the ileagal's he is looking out for, and maybe we can put all the other political liars.

Let all the hipsters live there.

Here is another reason we cannot trust the L.A.P.D. nor the county officials' supposed education. The restoration of this jail was a stupid project that did not have to happen. Now, the city taxpayers are out of the tax money that we are in need of. How stupid you are county leaders. You are taking us to the slaughter.

We need to open it up and fill it up...ASAP...


Our jails are overcrowded due to non-violent drug offenders and probation violators. (being caught with marijuana on them or in their system)


Stop the insanity already.

OK no problem. rent out bed space in the jail to the federal government for housing illegal immigrants awaiting deportation hearings.

This should supply enough money for the jail to be fully funded and allow a surplus for putting cops on the street.


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