ACLU and LA County Agree on Changes at Jail Inmate Reception Center

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Representatives of Los Angeles County and the American Civil Liberties Union Thursday agreed on a proposal to quickly address what the civil rights group called “abysmal” conditions at the jail system’s booking center, where mentally ill detainees were said to have been shackled to chairs for days at a time and others were crammed together, sleeping head-to-foot on concrete floors.

The rare showing of equanimity came at a federal court hearing in which the parties discussed a stipulated temporary restraining order — expected to be filed Friday — designed to help move mentally ill inmates and others out of the inmate reception center and into secure housing within 24 hours.

It’s an issue that’s come up before in the 44-year history of federal oversight of the county jail system, the largest in the nation.

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