LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board voted in favor of her motion to reduce homelessness by decreasing late night releases from the Los Angeles County Jail System.
“A closer look at our current jail system illustrates continued opportunities for improvement, especially as it relates to addressing homelessness among individuals who are exiting the jail system. By decreasing late night releases, we can work to connect individuals who are departing from a jail facility to the appropriate resources or organizations that can help them transition out of these sites during operational hours of the day.
This also helps address public safety issues of discharging individuals late at night as we saw in the tragic case of Mitrice Richardson who was released from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station in the middle of the night and was later found buried in Malibu Canyon months later.
This motion is about restoring dignity and humane support for individuals who are exiting a jail facility and have nowhere to go because they are discharged with no money, access to transportation or any outgoing resources. This motion seeks to support individuals who are on their journey to departing a jail facility and to prevent them from falling into homelessness and potential harm.”
The passage of today’s motion requests the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD), the Public Defender (PD), Alternate Public Defender (APD), the District Attorney (DA), and Chief Executive Office Homelessness Initiative (HI) in collaboration with service partner agencies to report back in 75 days with: an outline of existing strategies to reduce or eliminate late night releases from the Los Angeles County Jail system and a proposed plan and recommendations to further decrease late night releases and connect those who are released between 7pm to 7am to services among other directives.
To view the full motion, click here.
Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov
Stephany Villaseñor, Communications Deputy, (213) 308-9017 or SVillasenor@bos.lacounty.gov