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Sheriff Villanueva’s Statement Regarding Mental Health Facilities and LASD Jails


Sheriff Villanueva’s Statement Regarding Mental Health Facilities and LASD Jails

I remain committed to providing the best therapeutic setting for those in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  I look forward to working with the board to increase the capacity of community-based alternatives for those suffering from mental illness, in an effort to keep them out of the criminal justice system altogether.  

I remain concerned, however, with the plight of those who will remain in custody, confined to dilapidated facilities not designed for the populations they currently hold.  There is a need for all parties to continue to work together, from the Sheriff’s Department to the Board of Supervisors to community organizations and community members, to find a better way to provide decentralized mental health facilities and services for those in need. 

 

 

                      Sheriff Alex Villanueva