Plans to reform the downtown LA Men's Central Jail have been in the works for years. The latest plan was a $1.7 billion contract with McCarthy Building Companies to remake the jail into a mental health treatment center. But this week the LA County Supervisors voted to cancel the building contract and go back to the drawing board.
Supervisor Sheila Kuehl represents the 3rd district. She says she voted to cancel the contract because it wouldn't have allowed the Board to achieve its mental health goals. "We, over the last year and a half, have really become much more convinced that we want to take a different tack about those who need mental health treatment or addiction treatment."