Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis joined Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Mark Ridley Thomas this Tuesday in voting to temporarily suspend the work being done on building the new “Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility” (CCTF) that will replace the County’s Men Central Jail (MCJ).
In remarks during the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Supervisor Solis indicated that there needs to be an independent evaluation of the actual number of treatment and other beds needed at the new jail.
“My constituents have told me that we would like to see further analysis; we shouldn’t have to rush to build something the prior board agreed upon when I wasn’t here”, she said.
Substance abuse and other treatments as well as diversion programs should be at the center of the new facility, she said, but there needs to be more emphasis in the kind of services offered to the community “before some of those folks get to the jail”.
“I don’t want this to end up being a gigantic health facility that is inappropriately labeled as a jail. I want to see more substance abuse treatment in and out of the jail”, she added.