Racial Tensions Inside and Outside LA County Jails

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A black inmate died yesterday after a fight at the Men's Central Jail. It's the second death in the system since riots began nine days ago at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. With 18,000 inmates in Los Angeles County jails, today, 200 prisoners were transferred to state institutions; another 400 will be sent off later this week. Last week on this program, Sheriff Lee Baca said the ongoing trouble is caused by racial tension between black and Hispanic gangs, a fact of life that begins with neighborhood gangs. Others say there are too many prisoners and not enough space or sheriff's deputies to stand guard. We hear more about racial tensions inside and outside LA County's jails from attorneys and civil rights activists.
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WWLA program (February 7) on continuing racial violence at LA County jails

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