The CCTF will not be a typical jail. It represents a paradigm shift in the way the County cares for inmate-patients in the criminal justice system, with a focus on treatment and rehabilitation, rather than just incarceration. The facility will provide treatment services for medical, mental, and substance-use disorders and support programs for male and female inmate-patients. Scheduled to be built in Downton Los Angeles within the footprint of Men’s Central Jail, which is scheduled for demolition, the CCTF will provide the appropriate amount of space to house treatment programs for inmate-patients suffering from a medical and/or mental illness, or substance-use disorders, and provide rehabilitation programs to re-integrate these inmate-patients back into society.
An inmate-patient is an incarcerated individual who suffers from a medical and/or mental illness or substance-use disorder, and requires a higher level of treatment and care than the general inmate population.
The proposed facility will have dedicated space designed to provide educational and life skills programs for inmate-patients. This will allow all inmate-patients to develop skills to assist them in making a successful transition back into society, and avoid recidivism.
Staff from the County’s mental health diversion program will connect inmate-patients with community-based mental health programs, prior to release, to ensure that they receive on-going care once they are released, and encourage reintegration back into society.
The CCTF would be operated as an integrated treatment facility, in which the County's Health Agency would partner with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to seamlessly provide a safe and secured environment, in which licensed medical and mental health care professionals can tend to the inmate-patient’s needs. The CCTF will implement the best emerging practices for screening and housing inmate-patients with safety and dignity.
The maximum number of inmate-patient beds that will be provided in the CCTF is 3,885. The facility would primarily be designed for the treatment of different acuities of medical and/or mental illness or substance-use disorders, including space for managed medical detoxification. It will not create additional capacity for the County’s criminal justice system.
The Twin Towers Correctional Facility currently houses an inmate-patient population that includes inmate-patients suffering from medical and/or mental illness or substance-use disorders, reducing space for the general population. The CCTF will be designed to provide a higher level of care and staffing to address the needs of inmate-patients. Once the CCTF is completed, inmate-patients will be transferred to the new facility, and the Twin Towers Correctional Facility would revert to housing the general inmate population.
Downtown Los Angeles is a central point for the County's justice system, health facilities, and community support services.
For inmate-patients who require more acute, and/or specialty care beyond the level that can be provided by the CCTF, LAC+USC Medical Center in Downtown Los Angeles is the most accessible option to provide more intensive care.
The total cost for the proposed CCTF project is $2.2 billion, which includes interim relocation activities, design and construction, jurisdictional approvals, consultant services, and County services. It is anticipated that the County will issue construction bonds to finance the project.
Construction of the CCTF could begin as early as 2019. Due to the need to keep the existing Men’s Central Jail operational during construction, the project is proposed to be carried out in phases. The first phase, which is projected to be completed in 2025, is anticipated to include inmate-patient housing and a new Inmate Reception Center. The entire project is expected to be completed in 2028.
The County is dedicated to local community development through the creation of contracting opportunities. As part of the project, the builder and any future sub-contractors are required to participate in the County's Local and Targeted Worker Hire Program. This requires that a minimum of 30% of the construction workers hired for the project come from economically disadvantaged areas of Los Angeles County.
Additionally, the County would require that a minimum of 10% of the construction workers hired must have experienced one or more barriers to employment such as being formerly homeless or previously in the foster care system. Additionally, the contractors will be required to comply with the County's Local Small Business Enterprise Preference and Local Small Business/Social Enterprise/Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Utilization programs.