The cost of the new jail that Los Angeles
Nor does it include the opportunity cost of accommodating thousands of mentally ill inmates who could be treated as patients in the community, at less expense to the county, instead of as convicts or pretrial detainees in jail. Figures from across the country give encouraging evidence that people treated and supervised outside of jail are less prone to commit new crimes and cycle back through the jail system.
A recent how-to guide for potential diversion of the mentally ill away from jail underscores other potential costs and savings not included in the construction budget. The federal government picks up much of the cost for treating people in the community, the
Lest any county supervisors roll their eyes and say they already knew that, let's just say it was important to double-check. The supervisors were similarly on notice for more than a decade that the