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Council Panel OKs Funds to Meet Order on Jails

A Los Angeles City Council panel approved a $2.7-million plan Tuesday to help the Police Department meet a court order to speed the time jail inmates are required to wait for arraignment and allow them visits, showers and recreation opportunities.

The plan will help the department comply with a court ruling stemming from a 1977 class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Isaac Youngblood and other people imprisoned for more than two days without being charged.

Under the plan approved by the Budget and Finance Committee, 25 officers will be promoted to detective for filing cases in court, 41 will be assigned to jail details and 14 other positions will be established. Capt. Garrett Zimmon said the department has been complying with most aspects of the order since 1988.


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