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NCJ Number: 152654 Find in a Library
Title: After the Litigation: An Approach to Jail Management Under a Jail Condition Court Order in Los Angeles County, Part I
Journal: American Jails  Dated:(July-August 1992)  Pages:81-84
Author(s): F R Bennett
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 4
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Following the Attica prison riot in 1968 that focused attention on prison conditions, the courts adopted a hands-on approach to many aspects of jail and prison management.
Abstract: In Los Angeles County, as a result of decisions stemming from two plenary class action suits filed in 1972 and one in 1975, a reasonable and limited order was established which balanced effective jail practices with acceptable inmate conditions. However, by the 1980's, prison overcrowding made compliance with the order difficult, and the cost of building enough new beds to house the inmate overflow was prohibitive. In 1985, all elements of the county criminal justice system participated in an effort to manage the jail system in order to maximize resources, protect the public, and guarantee inmates' rights. The parties agree to work to optimize the use of prison facilities, decrease the number of inmates admitted or increase the number of inmates released, and shorten the time required for pretrial detention in the most appropriate way consistent with their competing interests. This agreement was approved in Federal court as a Memorandum of Understanding in 1986. 4 notes
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): California; Court ordered institutional reform; Interagency cooperation; Prison construction; Prison management; Prison overcrowding
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