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Monday, February 13, 2006

Dorms fuel Jail Violence

This article is republished in part from the L.A. Times by Sharon Bernstein and Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writers:

The violence that rocked Los Angeles County's jail system over the last week is the legacy of operating jails on the cheap — with violent inmates living in large, open rooms despite wide agreement nationally that such offenders should be held in cells.

Sheriff's Department officials freely acknowledge that the practice has exacerbated racially charged disturbances in the jails, where violent incidents have increased significantly since 2003.

But officials say they have not had the money or the staffing to shift many of the high-risk inmates to newer, cell-equipped facilities, which require more guards.

For the whole story, click here.

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