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Care first, jail last: The fight to stop LA from using jails as mental health treatment centers

On any given day, the Los Angeles County jail system incarcerates more than 5,000 people living with mental illness. That’s around 30% of the total jail population, and the number continues to grow. Over the years, a range of proposals have sought to address the needs of this population, and change has come in fits and starts. […]