Spate of Jailhouse Deaths Prompts Protests in L.A. County
Four inmates have died at the Los Angeles County Jail this month, including a 48-year-old man who succumbed to a self-inflicted hanging at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility Thursday. The deaths—which occurred over a 9-day period—have sparked calls for action and protests that briefly shut down a street in Downtown L.A. Friday.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials are remaining tight-lipped about the spate of jailhouse fatalities. But a spokeswoman confirmed that seven inmates have died this year in Los Angeles County alone.
"Any death in the jails should raise a lot of questions, but because of the lack of transparency, it's hard to know what happened to these people,” said Esther Lim, jails project director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
Read more about the controversy over jail conditions here.