The L.A. Times reports:
Civil rights advocates Tuesday called on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Lee Baca to close the Men’s Central Jail, saying nightmarish conditions and overcrowding undermine the inmates’ mental health.
Not mentioned: where all those inmates would go if the jail were closed. (Obvious answer: onto the streets.)
This is a paper that, to its credit, published a 2006 article on murders committed by inmates who should have been in jail, but had instead gained early release due to the Sheriff’s policy (at the time) of releasing inmates after they had served 10% of their sentences.
That policy, of course, was instituted because of scarce jail space. Which, L.A. Times editors, is a problem (I feel like I’m talking to a five-year-old here) that does not get better when you close down an entire jail.
Just what do you think is going to happen if you close down a jail, L.A. Times editors? Huh?
That’s right. More people are going to get killed. And you know that.
Don’t you think it merits a line, even one single solitary line, in your little press release for the ACLU?