Barbaric jail systems are also a crime

In Los Angeles County, the barbaric ways in which inmates in the county jail's booking center are often held have forced the ACLU this month to fil...

September 28, 2022
3:48 AM

In Los Angeles County, the barbaric ways in which inmates in the county jail's booking center are often held have forced the ACLU this month to file an emergency lawsuit over 'abysmal conditions of confinement' that are well-known to Sheriff Alex Villanueva and other law-enforcement leaders who have been 'violating decades of court orders.' Inmates with serious mental illness have been 'chained to chairs for days at a time, where they sleep sitting up,' the ACLU says. 'Dozens of people (are) crammed together, sleeping head-to-foot on the hard concrete floor,' with 'People defecating in trash cans and urinating on the floor or in empty food containers in shared spaces.

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