Monday, June 21, 2010

LAPD's new $74-million jail sits empty | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

LAPD's new $74-million jail sits empty L.A. NOW Los Angeles Times

As far as jails go, the Los Angeles Police Department's gleaming new Metropolitan Detention Center is about as good as it gets.

Armed with more than $70 million in public funds, the department spared little expense four years ago when it started construction on the 172,000-square-foot, five-floor structure that is one of the largest of its kind.

It's wired with video cameras and has automated security doors and electronic fingerprinting stations. To better monitor inmates and cut down on overcrowding, the jail is divided into secure wings that are flooded with sunlight from skylights and kept cool by a centralized air conditioner. Sound-dampening panels even hang from the ceiling because studies show a quiet jail is a peaceful jail.
All that's missing are the inmates.

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