Jails in LA County Knowingly Expose Prisoners to Deadly Fungal Infection

Jails in LA County Knowingly Expose Prisoners to Deadly Fungal Infection

Monday, December 19, 2016By Kenneth E. HartmanDiana Zuñiga and Christina TsaoTruthout | Op-Ed

For nearly three years, the LA No More Jails Coalition has been organizing against the construction of a new women’s jail in the city of Lancaster, California, which sits at the northern edge of LA County — home to the largest jail system in the country. The fight has been a long one, and organizers continue to work to ensure that public funds are diverted away from another jail, and instead invested toward alternatives — diversion programs that would get people released and much needed resources like stable housing, health care and education.

Despite widespread opposition, the LA County Board of Supervisors approved the environmental impact report for the proposed women’s jail last month, basically saying that there are no health or environmental concerns harmful enough to stop the jail construction project. Read more on Truthout…