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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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January 24, 2007 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles jury ordered the death penalty Tuesday for an inmate who wandered for hours through Men's Central jail, finally finding a witness who had testified against him in a murder case and strangling him in his cell. The verdict, which will be followed if it is upheld by the judge, followed the conviction last month of Santiago Pineda, 25, for the murder of Raul Tinajero, 20. Tinajero's April 2004 slaying was the most notorious of 14 jailhouse killings in Los Angeles County since 2000.
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March 5, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein and Jack Leonard
At least 200 inmates received early releases from the L.A. County Jail system this week amid a new round of cost-cutting that is expected to soon slash the time many other criminals serve behind bars. Sheriff Lee Baca said Thursday that budget cuts have prompted him to reduce the time nonviolent offenders spend in the jails. The sheriff's policy has been that male inmates must serve at least 80% of their jail time before release. Now, offenders incarcerated for crimes including check kiting, petty theft and drunk driving will serve only 50% of their time.
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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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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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February 24, 2009 | Richard Winton, Garrett Therolf and Molly-Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca on Monday threatened to close the Men's Central Jail and perhaps a second detention facility when he and other county department heads are forced to cut their budgets. Baca said closing the downtown Los Angeles jail, which would greatly reduce the capacity of the county jail system and lead to more early releases of inmates, might be necessary to bridge what he estimates will be a $72-million gap in his budget.
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March 13, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Times Staff Writer
An ambitious $672-million plan to be presented to supervisors next week would reorganize Los Angeles County jails and ultimately shut down the Men's Central Jail, long a symbol of inmate violence and overcrowding in the nation's largest jail system. "This is far-reaching," said Sheriff Lee Baca. "I have been wrestling with this problem for the past 10 years. This is the time to be making the big change."
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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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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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February 5, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy and Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writers
The number of Los Angeles County jail inmates identified as suspected illegal immigrants nearly doubled in the year since the Sheriff's Department started investigating their legal status. The number red-flagged to face possible deportation once they serve their sentences went from 3,050 in 2005 to 5,829 last year. The numbers skyrocketed from 658 in the second quarter of 2005 to 1,685 in the third quarter of 2006.
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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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January 24, 2007 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles jury ordered the death penalty Tuesday for an inmate who wandered for hours through Men's Central jail, finally finding a witness who had testified against him in a murder case and strangling him in his cell. The verdict, which will be followed if it is upheld by the judge, followed the conviction last month of Santiago Pineda, 25, for the murder of Raul Tinajero, 20. Tinajero's April 2004 slaying was the most notorious of 14 jailhouse killings in Los Angeles County since 2000.
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December 12, 2006 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
A jailed homicide suspect was found guilty Monday of murdering another inmate who was set to testify against him. Santiago Pineda, 25, was convicted by a downtown Los Angeles jury of two counts of murder. Pineda strangled Raul Tinajero in a cell at the Men's Central Jail on April 20, 2004. Tinajero's jailhouse slaying was one of several that triggered scrutiny of security in the system. A county review showed that Pineda roamed undetected throughout the jail from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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