"L.A.'s Giant Jail Is a Giant Headache" - William Hart - Corrections

"L.A.'s Giant Jail Is a Giant Headache" - William Hart - Corrections

by: William Hart | publication date: January 2, 1980 | Publication: Corrections | pages: 32-37

"It is size - sheer immensity - that is the first and the last principle of the Los Angeles County Central Jail. It is this simple, stunning fact that sparks both the pride of the men and women who run it and the problems that today besiege what is said to be the largest jail in the world. The operation of the Central Jail's morning "court line," in which up to 1,000 inmates are awakened, fed, given civilian clothes, chained and shepherded into 30 buses during a two-hour period, has been called "the daily miracle" by Art Stoyanoff, chief of the Custody Division of the L.A. Sheriff's Department. . ."

Although he did not go undercover, Detroit Free Press reporter William Hart gained extensive access to L.A.'s Central Jail, resulting in this in-depth look at the sheer logistics it takes to administer to such a large inmate population.

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