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January 2, 1994
I would like to respond to the letter regarding the release of female prisoners from the Sybil Brand Institute for Women (Dec. 21). Sybil Brand Institute does care about the women in its custody; and this concern continues when those women are released from confinement, whether it is pursuant to a court order or at the completion of their sentence. Those inmates who are released by order of the court are released in the afternoon or evening, and always before midnight. Those who are released at the completion of their sentence are released each morning after breakfast.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2007 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
For months, Los Angeles County jail officials have been waiting to reopen a long-shuttered women's facility to help ease some of the overcrowding that plagues the rest of the massive and violence-prone system. But 14 months after the Board of Supervisors voted to spend more than $100 million to refurbish the Sybil Brand Institute, an antiquated structure on a hilltop near East Los Angeles, not a bit of work has been accomplished.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2004 | Dennis McLellan and Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writers
Sybil Brand, the philanthropist and civic leader for whom the new Los Angeles County jail for women was named in the early 1960s in recognition of her extensive efforts to improve conditions for imprisoned women, has died. She was believed to have been 104. Brand, who once was characterized in The Times as "a curious mix of soft-hearted generosity and stubborn determination," died Tuesday of natural causes at her home in Beverly Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2006 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Responding to a variety of pressures, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will propose today that the county spend more than $300 million to add thousands of beds to improve conditions in its aging and overcrowded jail system.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Outspoken designer Mr. Blackwell, accompanied by five models and six musicians, staged a show Wednesday night for 350 inmates at Sybil Brand Institute, the county's maximum-security jail for women. The evening included singing, dancing, a showing of costumes from Blackwell's collection and cosmetic makeovers for a few inmates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1986 | LOIS TIMNICK, Los Angeles Times
The more than 2,000 inmates at Sybil Brand Institute, Los Angeles County's only jail for women, had settled into uneasy sleep one night last month when sheriff's deputies roused the maximum-security residents in Cell Block 5200.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1987
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies arrested 31 people Sunday for bringing guns, drugs and alcohol to the Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho in Castaic, authorities said. Deputies confiscated five handguns and quantities of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and alcohol from visitors who were searched in the parking lot of the 5,900-inmate county jail facility, Sheriff's Sgt. John Andrews said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1990
I am one of the protesters from Operation Rescue who received a jail sentence July 16. At this time I am writing from Sybil Brand Institute. I am 20 years old and this my first time in jail. Although I had a right to decide to take probation or time, I chose to do the time. I did not expect to receive a 90-day sentence, but I could not take probation, knowing that I could not stand near an "abortion clinic" and be silent when babies are being killed. While I spend my time in jail I have another job in here, just as I did out there, and that is to spread the word to others.
NEWS
November 1, 1985 | JESSE KATZ, Times Staff Writer
Lying on a vinyl mattress, Meredith Kelly cried through her second night back in jail. With no family or friends in the Los Angeles area, Kelly, 54, expected no visitors. But the next morning, Kelly found out she wasn't alone after all. "Thank God, Joyce is coming today," she said in her cell at the Sybil Brand Institute for Women near Monterey Park. "I don't really have anybody else."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1987
For a number of years, I have participated in the Friends Outside jail visiting program at Sybil Brand Institute for Women. We visit by permission of the Sheriff's Department, and at the request of individual inmates. The Time has carried several articles recently concerning overcrowding with emphasis on the Men's Central Jail. Our experience at Sybil Brand compels me to speak about what we've learned: --Los Angeles County incarcerates many more women than New York and Chicago combined.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2004 | Dennis McLellan and Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writers
Sybil Brand, the philanthropist and civic leader for whom the new Los Angeles County jail for women was named in the early 1960s in recognition of her extensive efforts to improve conditions for imprisoned women, has died. She was believed to have been 104. Brand, who once was characterized in The Times as "a curious mix of soft-hearted generosity and stubborn determination," died Tuesday of natural causes at her home in Beverly Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1995 | SUE REILLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's 1:30 p.m. on a Wednesday, and Arleta resident Sara Roodbari, 22, is heading south down the freeway to Sybil Brand, the county jail for women. She parks her car and enters the facility, showing her badge to the sheriff's deputy at the gate. Once inside, she follows the yellow line to the visiting room, where she hands another deputy a paper with two names and booking numbers on it. After a short conversation, the deputy goes off to bring one of the two inmates back to the visitor's room.
OPINION
January 2, 1994
I would like to respond to the letter regarding the release of female prisoners from the Sybil Brand Institute for Women (Dec. 21). Sybil Brand Institute does care about the women in its custody; and this concern continues when those women are released from confinement, whether it is pursuant to a court order or at the completion of their sentence. Those inmates who are released by order of the court are released in the afternoon or evening, and always before midnight. Those who are released at the completion of their sentence are released each morning after breakfast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1990
I am one of the protesters from Operation Rescue who received a jail sentence July 16. At this time I am writing from Sybil Brand Institute. I am 20 years old and this my first time in jail. Although I had a right to decide to take probation or time, I chose to do the time. I did not expect to receive a 90-day sentence, but I could not take probation, knowing that I could not stand near an "abortion clinic" and be silent when babies are being killed. While I spend my time in jail I have another job in here, just as I did out there, and that is to spread the word to others.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Outspoken designer Mr. Blackwell, accompanied by five models and six musicians, staged a show Wednesday night for 350 inmates at Sybil Brand Institute, the county's maximum-security jail for women. The evening included singing, dancing, a showing of costumes from Blackwell's collection and cosmetic makeovers for a few inmates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1988 | JACK JONES, From staff and wire reports
A couple of hundred women inmates at the Sybil Brand Institute saluted a jail deputy with "loud cheers and applause," the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Information Bureau says, when he saved the life of a 71-year-old woman prisoner who was choking on a piece of meat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1985
The district attorney's office Friday accused a 27-year-old North Hollywood woman of killing her ex-husband's wife after spending the night in a bedroom closet in the couple's house. Prosecutors alleged that the woman, Sheila Sabatino, emerged in the morning and shot the other woman. Sabatino is to be arraigned Wednesday. If convicted, she could be sentenced to death because of the special-circumstance allegation of lying in wait for the victim.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2007 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
For months, Los Angeles County jail officials have been waiting to reopen a long-shuttered women's facility to help ease some of the overcrowding that plagues the rest of the massive and violence-prone system. But 14 months after the Board of Supervisors voted to spend more than $100 million to refurbish the Sybil Brand Institute, an antiquated structure on a hilltop near East Los Angeles, not a bit of work has been accomplished.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1987
For a number of years, I have participated in the Friends Outside jail visiting program at Sybil Brand Institute for Women. We visit by permission of the Sheriff's Department, and at the request of individual inmates. The Time has carried several articles recently concerning overcrowding with emphasis on the Men's Central Jail. Our experience at Sybil Brand compels me to speak about what we've learned: --Los Angeles County incarcerates many more women than New York and Chicago combined.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1987
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies arrested 31 people Sunday for bringing guns, drugs and alcohol to the Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho in Castaic, authorities said. Deputies confiscated five handguns and quantities of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and alcohol from visitors who were searched in the parking lot of the 5,900-inmate county jail facility, Sheriff's Sgt. John Andrews said.
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