Care first.

Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will be voting on a budget that includes moving $120 million dollars toward the construction of 2,400 new jail beds for people with mental health needs. This move runs counter to the Board’s emphatic “care first, jail last” ethos driving the alternatives to incarceration work in the County.

JusticeLA Responds to ODR’s Report on Community Reentry of Jail Mental Health Population

In a move welcomed by the JusticeLA coalition, the Office of Diversion and Reentry (ODR) will be releasing a report detailing how nearly 3,000 prisoners with mental health concerns locked up in LA county jails can be released to community-based mental health resources. Mental health diversion and decentralized, community-based mental health care have long been demands of communities that have opposed new jail construction, and ODR’s newest study affirms that neither a new jail nor an enormous jail-like “mental health treatment center” is necessary or desirable.