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July 16, 1987
A viral infection of the heart caused the death of Garry Donell Mims, a 21-year-old Texas man who died while awaiting release from the Los Angeles County Central Jail, the county coroner's office said. After Mims was found dead in a jail psychiatric observation cell on May 9, his family filed suit against the county, claiming that an unduly slow release process triggered psychiatric instability that led to his death.
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November 6, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writers
Sheriff's Deputies David Aviles and Salvador Esquivel Jr. started their careers as rookies on the "3000 floor" of Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail, a place reserved for the most dangerous inmates. Along the dimly lighted hallway of cramped cells on the floor, suspected killers and notorious gang leaders peer out from behind the bars. Many face a lifetime in prison and have learned to survive in a confined and ruthless world. They fashion makeshift knives from toothbrushes and sharp spears from ripped magazines.
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August 7, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Water line glitches at the Twin Towers correctional facility and the Los Angeles County Central Jail forced thousands of inmates to share portable toilets and go two days without running water, a Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman said Monday. The shortage began Thursday evening in the Men's Central Jail, after a contractor working on the Blue Line light rail project on nearby Alameda Street cut off water to the jails.
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November 27, 2007 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has an unusual ally in his plans to manage the nation's largest jail system -- the American Civil Liberties Union. Melinda Bird, senior counsel for the ACLU of Southern California, said she planned to tell the Board of Supervisors today that she supported Baca's proposal to demolish the outdated, overcrowded Men's Central Jail and build a new jail in its place.
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May 3, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
As many as eight people, both inmates and sheriff's deputies, were injured in a disturbance inside the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail late Tuesday. Three to four inmates and three to four deputies were hurt after several dozen inmates began rioting about 10 p.m. and deputies quelled the fighting with tactical weapons, including pepper-ball guns, said Sheriff's Sgt. Cruz Solis.
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February 4, 1989 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
The National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People called Friday for a federal investigation into reports of racial tension at the Los Angeles County Central Jail, where two crosses allegedly were burned by white deputies in quarters housing black gang members.
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December 13, 1989
The credibility of a key witness in a hearing for two fired deputies accused of burning a cross in Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail about two years ago was challenged Tuesday in the third day of testimony before a Civil Service Commission hearing officer.
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July 9, 2001 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A major manhunt was launched for a convicted murderer who escaped Friday from the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail, sheriff's officials said Sunday. Kevin Jerome Pullum was discovered missing Friday evening after a check of coded wrist bands at the jail revealed his absence, deputies said. Pullum, 31, was convicted of murder in Van Nuys on Friday and then transported to the Men's Central Jail's inmate reception center by bus, Sheriff's Capt. Ray Leyva said.
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March 16, 1988 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
Six hundred inmates in jails throughout the county will be granted early release today in a move to comply with a federal court mandate to reduce overcrowding in the Los Angeles County Central Jail, Sheriff Sherman Block announced Tuesday.
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May 11, 1991 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheriff Sherman Block said Friday that three deputies used "unnecessary force" on some inmates after quelling a disturbance at Los Angeles County's Central Jail five years ago, but he defended the department's handling of the videotaped incident and insisted it should not be compared to the police beating of Rodney G. King. Block called a news conference to release a three-hour videotape of the disturbance and its aftermath the day after segments were broadcast on a local television station.
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November 23, 2007 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Sheriff Lee Baca wants the county to tear down Men's Central Jail, the hub of Los Angeles County's overcrowded and violence-plagued jail system, and build a state-of-the-art facility in its place. Baca conceded that his idea faces long odds because of its steep price tag -- he said it could cost between $500 million and $800 million -- and is just one among several proposals the county is considering as ways to upgrade and expand the nation's largest jail system.
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July 4, 2007 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County officials have tentatively agreed to pay $1 million to resolve a lawsuit filed by relatives of a mentally ill inmate who was beaten to death after deputies left him unsupervised with a group of gang members. The settlement, expected to be finalized this week, stems from the Nov. 16, 2005, slaying of Chadwick Shane Cochran, the victim of an alleged attack by two gang members who took turns jumping off a steel bench and stomping on the dying man's head as other inmates watched.
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June 21, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal judge who expressed disgust over conditions in the Men's Central Jail has ordered the creation of an expert panel to supervise reforms at the facility. The order released Monday by U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson gives the panel 60 days to develop a comprehensive plan including "immediate measures for improvement" for the nation's largest county jail. He called overcrowding there "not consistent with basic human values" after touring the jail in May.
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May 11, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal court judge spent three hours Wednesday inspecting conditions at the downtown Men's Central Jail, which some observers say is so antiquated and overcrowded that it's putting inmates at risk. U.S. District Court Judge Dean D. Pregerson had been asked by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California to inspect the jail, at which the group alleges overcrowding contributed to a series of riots this year.
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May 4, 2006 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
After two months of relative calm, the County Jail system was hit this week by two clashes, including one late Tuesday at Men's Central Jail that left a dozen inmates and a deputy injured. High-risk inmates in the latest incident slung feces and urine at deputies and a nurse, and one Southside gang member displayed a shank, or makeshift knife, leading to the forceable removal of inmates from cells and a lockdown of the massive downtown jail facility.
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May 3, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
As many as eight people, both inmates and sheriff's deputies, were injured in a disturbance inside the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail late Tuesday. Three to four inmates and three to four deputies were hurt after several dozen inmates began rioting about 10 p.m. and deputies quelled the fighting with tactical weapons, including pepper-ball guns, said Sheriff's Sgt. Cruz Solis.
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March 17, 1988 | STEPHEN BRAUN and NIESON HIMMEL, Times Staff Writers
Samuel Arceo was a free man, out of jail and wearing his own clothes for the first time in three weeks--but he was taking his new-found independence in stride. "It's no big deal," said Arceo, who was one of 600 inmates released Wednesday from the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail to ease overcrowding in the facility. "They were going to let me out in two days anyway."
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December 16, 2005 | William Nottingham, Times Staff Writer
The scene unfolded Dec. 6. Four high-ranking sheriff's deputies were being grilled about why yet another inmate -- the eighth in two years -- had been killed inside the nation's largest jail. Los Angeles County supervisors, fresh from agreeing to pay a $1.7-million wrongful-death settlement to families of two other inmates, were angry and in search of an explanation.
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December 3, 2005 | Hector Becerra and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
The 35-year-old man stomped to death by inmates at Men's Central Jail last month while guards left them alone in a locked room was a mentally troubled person in custody for a nonviolent offense, authorities acknowledged Friday. Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Chadwick Shane Cochran had originally been in downtown L.A.'s Twin Towers mental health facility.
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