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A smaller, better L.A. County jail?

A smaller, better L.A. County jail?

A majority of the Board of Supervisors wants a smaller jail. Numerous reform advocates and thinkers want a smaller jail. The Times wants a smaller jail — because for too many years the county has squandered one opportunity after another to provide more humane and effective treatment to accused and convicted mentally ill, addicted and impoverished inmates, and has passed up the chance to invest in programs to reduce the likelihood that jail inmates would, after their release, commit more crimes. As many other counties and much of the nation have moved toward smarter justice, Los Angeles County has remained focused on an outdated jail-first approach to crime. A smaller jail would be...

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