With more than 70% of the Los Angeles County inmate population reporting serious medical and/or mental illness or substance-use disorders, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and County Health Agency have partnered to develop the Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility. The new facility—built within the footprint of the aging and deteriorated Men’s Central Jail, which is scheduled for demolition—is envisioned to become a national model in the way medical and mental health services are provided to the growing inmate-patient population in the criminal justice system. By embarking on this project, Los Angeles County is investing in and making significant improvements to the delivery of healthcare for its inmate-patients.
The Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility will create a paradigm shift in the way Los Angeles County cares for inmate-patients, with a focus on treatment and rehabilitation, rather than just incarceration. The facility will provide educational, rehabilitation, and life skills programs that will help rebuild lives, and facilitate reintegration into society, thereby reducing recidivism and enhancing public safety. Los Angeles County is also increasingly investing in alternatives to incarceration for eligible individuals, including partnering with community-based mental health programs.
In the 1980s, mental health facilities were closed throughout the state, leaving a vulnerable population untreated. With reduced secure mental health facilities, there are limited treatment options for people in the criminal justice system who have a mental health diagnosis, leading to their incarceration in facilities not equipped to meet their needs.
Existing County correctional facilities, including Men's Central Jail built in the 1960s and 1970s, were not designed to treat inmates with severe medical and/or mental health conditions and substance-use disorders. As a result, the County is committed to demolish the existing Men’s Central Jail, and utilize the site to construct the new, treatment-centric Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility.
The new Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility will help rebuild lives, encourage rehabilitation, reduce recidivism, and enhance public safety. The County’s goal is to focus on the treatment and rehabilitation of inmate-patients rather than just incarceration, by providing improved medical, mental, and substance-use treatment, and life skills programs, to ease and encourage reintegration into society and reduce recidivism.
More than 70% of the current inmate population report having a serious medical and/or mental illness or substance-use disorder upon initial assessment.