ACLU Seeks Court Order Against LA County Over Conditions at Jail Facility


The inmate reception center for the L.A. County jail system is holding people in “abysmal conditions of confinement” and violating decades of court orders calling for improvements, according to an emergency court filing Thursday by the ACLU and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California.

Attorneys from the ACLU who visited the center in downtown Los Angeles and said they spoke to detainees described people with serious mental illness chained to chairs for days at a time, where they sleep sitting up; dozens of inmates crammed together, sleeping head-to-foot on the concrete floor; and detainees defecating in trash cans and urinating on the floor or in empty food containers in shared spaces, according to the filing in Los Angeles federal court.

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department runs the jail system. Sheriff’s Deputy Veronica Fantom said the department “cannot comment due to pending litigation.”



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