A federal judge today gave Los Angeles County until Jan. 1 to get 1,200 people out of jail.
U.S. District Judge William P. Gray told county officials that the jail once reminded him of his "uncle's pig ranch in Lancaster." He then issued the ultimatum to reduce the population from 8,000 to 6,800.
Gray also ordered county officials to submit a plan by Nov. 20 to improve conditions under which prisoners are taken to and from court.
While signing the order over the objections of county attorneys, Gray recalled a 1979 visit to the county lockup prompted by a lawsuit that initiated jail improvement efforts.