Support for LAist comes from
True LA stories, powered by you
Stay Connected

Share This

News

LA County Trying To Help Released Inmates With Mental Health Needs

5d2381c1ca5dee000ae1bc8e-eight.jpg
The Los Angeles County Twin Towers Correctional facility is located in downtown Los Angeles. Andrew Cullen for LAist Andrew Cullen/Andrew Cullen for LAist
Our reporting is free for everyone, but it’s not free to make.
LAist only exists with reader support. If you're in a position to give, your donation powers our reporters and keeps us independent.

As part of its effort to fight the coronavirus, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department has reduced the jail population by over 5,000 through fewer arrests and releases of low-level inmates.

It’s estimated that one-third of those in the jails have serious mental health issues, so the L.A. County Department of Mental Health is working with the sheriff to identify inmates with psychiatric needs so they can be connected with services when they’re released.

Here’s Dr. Curley Bonds, the mental health department’s chief medical officer:

“We have put online a couple hundred extra beds so that people that are getting released from either hospital or jail — to the extent that we can — we try to find immediate placement for them so they don’t wind up back on the streets.”

Support for LAist comes from
Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.