Population 17,049: Welcome to America's Largest Jail
Date:  11-13-2018

L.A. County Jail is also the largest mental health institution in America
From CNN:

Here's one thing you may not think about when landing at Los Angeles International Airport: Just 11 miles away sits the biggest jail system in America.

With an inmate population the size of a private college and a budget just north of $700 million, the L.A. County Jail is as sprawling and as complex as Los Angeles itself.

The institution -- recovering from a massive inmate abuse scandal in 2011 -- is one of roughly 2,750 jail jurisdictions across the United States. In midyear 2014, approximately 744,600 people were held in jails nationwide, according to the Department of Justice, most of them criminal charges and awaiting their fate in the court system.

The United States is well-known for having the highest prison population rate in the world, and while America's prisons have come under increased scrutiny with a push for criminal justice reform, there hasn't been such laser-focus on what's happening in the country's jails. Continue reading >>>