Electronic Monitoring & LA Jail Overcrowding

To put into the “worth digging” file – Sheriff Lee Baca’s sudden and dramatic turnaround on the decrepit Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail.

After years of fighting hard for funding to build a newer, bigger jail, today’s editorial in the LA Times reports Baca had a “change of heart” after reading an ACLU funded report by Jim Austin that upwards of 3000 people can be safely released.   The editorial has Baca saying pretrial detainees can be safely released because they will be wearing ankle bracelets, though there is no mention of electronic monitoring in the Austin report.

Who is in line to get the contract for handling the electronic monitoring?

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