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LAPD's New $74 Million Jail Left Vacant

LAPD's New $74 Million Jail Left Vacant

Associated Press

Associated Press

June 21, 2010

LOS ANGELES — A massive Los Angeles jail that cost $74 million to build has remained vacant because the cash-strapped city can’t hire enough jailers to staff it.

The Los Angeles Police Department has little choice but to leave the facility idle because the city’s budget crisis has meant a hiring freeze, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The new 172,000-square-foot jail is labor-intensive to operate. Under one plan, the city would need to hire 44 new jailers to open the facility.

The new Metropolitan Detention Center boasts top-of-the-line technology, with automated security doors and electronic fingerprinting stations. To cut down on overcrowding, the jail is divided into secure wings. The 500-bed facility has central air conditioning and skylights that flood the wings with sunlight.

The jail was built with funds from a measure approved by taxpayers in 2002, granting $600 million for improvements to police buildings.

The LAPD currently operates 10 jails for the roughly 120,000 people arrested and booked into custody every year in Los Angeles. Seven of the jails consist of a few cells inside police stations, and three are larger regional facilities in the San Fernando Valley, South Los Angeles and downtown.

The old central jail downtown opened 60 years ago, and years of overcrowding have left it in dingy despair. Surveillance monitors are broken, and those that do work show feeds from cameras observing limited portions of the Advertisement jail. The jail was built to house 151 beds, but currently holds 440, and tends to fill up on weekends.

Without central air, temperatures inside the dimly lit jail soar in the cells during the summer.

“You don’t want to come through here in summertime,” Capt. Clay Farrell, who oversees the LAPD’s jail division, told the Los Angeles Times.

  • Dps_shoulder_patch_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I'm with Baxter2... anyone know why they can't close down the old one and move everyone to the new one? (Although, I'm sure the move in and of itself will cost money).

  • Me_shooting_3_max50


    about 4 years ago


    welcome to the hotel california.

  • Adp_max50


    about 4 years ago


    .............unfortunately, LASD is pickin' up the slack at twin-towers etc. Hang in there LAPiD!

  • 1979_max50


    about 4 years ago


    If LA were to cut out some of their silly pork projects and completely cut some of the stupid perks they either get themselves or give to their friends then they could hire and staff the place. Damn but I hate politicians!

  • Evgeni_nabokov_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I want to work ??? This is silly to have a perfectly good correctional facility to use and no one to staff it.
    I don't care about the hours, I care about working and keeping my family fed.

    Hey at least we could afford $$$$$ for the (ugh) lakers parade... Mayor V. whats up with your budgetary spending.

  • Blade_runner_4_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I wonder if it is because they are trying to staff it on 8 hour shifts rather than 12 hour shifts.

  • Badge__hat_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Can they not close the old central jail downtown, since it sounds like it's in pretty bad shape, and move the staff over to the new one instead??

  • Thinker_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I think I would find the money to hire the jailers and get that jail open for business. There are plenty of available customers (perps) that need some immediate housing...

  • Picture_008_max50


    about 4 years ago


    WOW... That's crazy....

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    California dreamin'...

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