Report: Crowded jail a mental strain on prisoners

Full story: Pasadena Star-News

A civil rights group is claiming that overcrowding at the Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles has gotten so bad it is pushing many inmates toward mental illness.
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joey p

Pasadena, CA

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Apr 14, 2009
 
No sympathy from me. Execute them swiftly.
lesson learned

La Crescenta, CA

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Apr 14, 2009
 
maybe that will teach them to behave and stay out of jail once they get out...
Jail isnt meant to be a walk in the park.
pasadena parent

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Apr 14, 2009
 
Mental illness?They're NOT in there for good behavior.If any of them have 'mental illness' they had it befor going in not because they're in.
bob

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Apr 14, 2009
 
22 hours in a group cell?? If they're not in there for a violent crime, this needs to be fixed. We're not China, Mexico, or any of those 3rd world countries
Raul

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Apr 14, 2009
 
What a peanut gallery they have here filled with inbred morons who can't think for themselves and are totally out of touch with anything beyond hate radio and threads like this.

I would give you a in depth rhetorical on why this report is relevant to the well being of our society, but it would go well beyond your realms of comprehension.

So go grab a beer, clean your guns, and smack your old ladies around.
Mike

Los Angeles, CA

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Apr 14, 2009
 
Matbe if it were so bad these idiots may stop doing things that send them to jail. I get mental when they let these low lifes out on the street. I get mental stress when they steal, rob, and abuse law abiding citizens.
Wow

Covina, CA

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Apr 14, 2009
 
It's not a hotel. They are there because of their actions. Maybe they will think about committing a crime next time. ACLU always wants to be in the spot light. Why don't they represent these people because of their crimes?
Lone Ranger

Glendora, CA

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Apr 14, 2009
 
Mike wrote:
Matbe if it were so bad these idiots may stop doing things that send them to jail. I get mental when they let these low lifes out on the street. I get mental stress when they steal, rob, and abuse law abiding citizens.
Grab a beer, it's a wonder you can type.
Lone Ranger

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Apr 14, 2009
 
Wow wrote:
It's not a hotel. They are there because of their actions. Maybe they will think about committing a crime next time. ACLU always wants to be in the spot light. Why don't they represent these people because of their crimes?
Do you know what their action were? We are becoming another banana republic.
Jacob

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Apr 14, 2009
 
So what do we do... open the doors so those who feel "inconvenienced" may leave to terrorize the law abiding on the streets? It's not meant to be Club Med. It's meant to serve as a deterrent to bad behavior. Hence, that's what put them in there.
Jacob

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Apr 14, 2009
 
Raul wrote:
... I would give you a in depth rhetorical on why this report is relevant to the well being of our society, but it would go well beyond your realms of comprehension...
Raul, get off your platform and educate us so that we may know the "truth" as seen through your eyes. If you're not willing to do that then your words are just fodder. Put up or shut up.
Primo

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Apr 14, 2009
 
It seems that you all have missed the point. Most of you sound bitter unfortunately. Since most mental hospitals shut down for the time being L.A. County Jail is the new mental ward of Los Angeles along with state prisons. Most of you have no clue to the struggles that some prisoners are up against. A lot of prisoners do belong in jail. Please people think before you comment, we have to stop judging but of course this is a free country. Joey who exactly do you want executed? Lesson learned you can not treat mental health issues and drug addiction with incarceration. Bob I agree. Raul spits puro wisdom, thanks Raul. Mike and wow whatever. Peace be with all!
Lone Ranger

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Apr 14, 2009
 
Jacob wrote:
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Raul, get off your platform and educate us so that we may know the "truth" as seen through your eyes. If you're not willing to do that then your words are just fodder. Put up or shut up.
As I said it's beyond your comprehension and the limits of your belief system, if it wasn't I wouldn't have to explain it to you would I?
Raul

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Apr 14, 2009
 
Jacob wrote:
So what do we do... open the doors so those who feel "inconvenienced" may leave to terrorize the law abiding on the streets? It's not meant to be Club Med. It's meant to serve as a deterrent to bad behavior. Hence, that's what put them in there.
Maybe if you had some insight to what they are actually charged for, then maybe you be slight capable to fairly ascertain the term cruel and unusual punishment, and whether the crime themselves warrants such punishment.

So tell me, do you have any legal of law enforcement, social science or prison corrections experience, or are you just popping off with your mouth?
Common Sense Found Here

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Apr 14, 2009
 
So, County Jail is turing the dregs of society mental, is it?

Great!

Since it's not a place for "rehabilitation" may as well make it as horrible-a-stay as possible.
LASO, for the most part, does a great job keeping these degenerates in line as well.

Since reading and education is the key to success, let's take a page out of China and Mexico's book!

James Dean

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Apr 14, 2009
 
Raul wrote:
What a peanut gallery they have here filled with inbred morons who can't think for themselves and are totally out of touch with anything beyond hate radio and threads like this.
I would give you a in depth rhetorical on why this report is relevant to the well being of our society, but it would go well beyond your realms of comprehension.
So go grab a beer, clean your guns, and smack your old ladies around.
The genius has spoken. All hail the genius. What do you know about society, Sir Almighty? You sound like an over educated bus driver.
Laura

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Apr 14, 2009
 
BOO HOO!!!
thepres

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Apr 14, 2009
 
aww poor babies, maybe they should have thought about that before they broke the..... LAW. Never heard a defence of I was forced to steal, smoke meth, beat my woman, steal cars, drive drunk....
yet another good job by the ACLU

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Since: Mar 09

North West Pasadena

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Apr 14, 2009
 
So people who were wrongly arrested are subject to suffer with the real criminals ?
thepres

Covina, CA

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Apr 14, 2009
 
Hey Bob look across the bay to Alcatraz, go visit there if you think 22 hrs in a cell is bad. what a joke, by the way they have a mentally ill jail ward at USC. that's where the "crazy" people that break the law go.

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