Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis has released the following statement after she voted ‘no’ on the design-build construction contract for the Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility (CCTF) as a replacement for Men’s Central Jail, which the Board of Supervisors approved in a 3-2 vote:
“A jail is a jail is a jail.
It is not enough to change the name of the facility. What the Board of Supervisors approved today still has to be certified and approved by the Board of State and Community Corrections and not a mental health regulator. The Board of Supervisors did not solicit input from the community or mental health experts when developing this brand-new project. Further, the Board of Supervisors made this decision without examining the population currently in our custody or forecasting the tremendous impact that diversion and bail reform efforts would have on further reducing our jail population.
Years have gone into the effort to bring us here. But today, after hearing from community leaders in criminal justice and mental health, as well as our County Department heads, I believe that this decision was rushed. This facility would be built in my district, the First District, without any input from the surrounding community, particularly from the residents and business owners of Chinatown. Instead of using these limited taxpayer funds to invest enhancing diversion programs, mental health access, and other supportive services, more than $2 billion will instead be spent on a 3,800-bed facility that we may not need. I felt and continue to feel that we needed data and more concrete answers before we moved forward, to ensure that we are addressing this Board’s shared goals to provide services and address inequity within our criminal justice system in an informed, comprehensive, and intentional manner.”
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