L.A. County supervisors approve jails funding application
Some county officials have advocated a $1.4-billion plan to replace the overcrowded Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles and part of the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, although several supervisors have balked at the price tag.
Supervisors have not decided whether to approve that plan or whether to pursue less costly alternatives. But they agreed to apply for the state funding. The county could later withdraw its application.
Several dozen protesters at the meeting urged supervisors not to approve any funding for jails, saying the money could be better used elsewhere.
-- Jason Song at the County Hall of Administration
Photo: The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / AP Photo