Don Knabe
Future of L.A. County's main juvenile hall is uncertain

Los Angeles County's ambitious, multibillion-dollar drive to upgrade jails and detention centers is leaving behind a dilapidated, 100-year-old lockup for juveniles east of downtown. The county is planning to spend $2 billion to rebuild the Men's Central Jail and and to replace the overcrowded women's jail in Lynwood with a new one in Lancaster. In the hills above Malibu, a juvenile probation camp is set to be razed and rebuilt at a cost of $48 million. But absent from the public discussions has been any long-term plan to improve or replace the 22-acre Central Juvenile Hall in Boyle Heights, which the county's watchdog grand jury recently criticized for being in...