Los Angeles Supervisors Voting to Stop Taft Contract for Jail Expansion

MEDIA ADVISORY  – OCTOBER 28, 2013

CONTACT: Diana Zuñiga, 213-864-8931, Californians United for a Responsible Budget 

When: 10am, October 29, 2013

Where: Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple St., Los Angeles

Los Angeles – Tomorrow, the LA Board of Supervisors will vote on a motion to stop the contract, with the City of Taft, to house 512 Los Angeles County residents 120 miles away from LA. The motion was presented by Supervisor Gloria Molina after she stated last week, “I am now interested in removing my support for the Taft agreement. It doesn’t seem that this came prepared and ready for us to deal with. There are so many unanswered questions. I just think it’s really unfortunate that many of us were led to believe that this was ready to move forward. There are many legal entanglements, that Taft is not ready to move forward on.”

“We hope that the Board votes to stop the Taft Contract tomorrow.” said Joe Maizlish of LA No More Jails and CURB. “Leasing beds at Taft was going to increase the amount of time people spent in jail, and that decision had been made without looking at whether it would actually benefit the public more to use alternative community programs known to help keep people out of jail, save money, and rebuild communities. The County will be best served if the Supervisors examine and implement safe jail population reducing alternatives instead of planning leasing or construction of jail space that experts say we don’t need.”
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