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Los Angeles County Jail Overview and Important Information

Los Angeles County Jail is one of the largest jail systems we have in the world, running under the County of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. The sheriff’s department at Los Angeles is also the biggest in the United States, with about 18,000 employees. Currently, the sheriff here is Sheriff Alexander Villanueva.

Custody Services Division is the branch of the department that is responsible for housing, rehabilitating and transporting inmates at the jail. Los Angeles County Jail provides incarceration on a short-term basis for every city in the county including LA, Burbank, Glendale and Long Beach, even though these have their police departments.

Facilities at Los Angeles County Jail

Being one of the world’s largest jail systems, there are some facilities under the jail. These include the Men’s Central Jail, commonly known as the MCJ, Inmate Reception Center or IRC, North County Correctional Facility (NCCF), Pitchess Detention Center North Facility or PDC North, Pitchess Detention Center South Facility or PDC South, Pitchess Detention Center East Facility or PDC East, and Twin Towers Correctional Facility and Mira Loma Detention Facility, etc. Let us take a closer look at each of these facilities.

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The Men’s Central Jail or MCJ is a facility that can house inmates of every security level, ranging from high security to the general population. It has a total bed capacity of 5,640 inmates. As the name suggests, this is where male inmates are housed. It was built in 1963, making it one of California’s oldest county jails. Medical housing areas, which are used by inmates in crutches and wheelchairs and those who need medical care on a daily basis, are also available here.

The Pitchess Detention Center North Facility or PDC North is a maximum-security complex that has four modules. It can house as many as 1,648 inmates.

The Pitchess Detention Center South Facility or PDC South is a medium security facility where low and medium inmates who do not pose much threat are held. The kitchen and laundry crews of the jail are also housed here. It has a total bed capacity of 1,536 inmates. Multiple programs for inmates, which we will discuss later, are held here at South facility.

The Pitchess Detention Center East Facility or PDC East, just like PDC South, is a medium security complex. It can hold a maximum of 1,944 inmates in a total of 14 dormitories. It has two discipline modules. Currently, this facility is closed.

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North County Correctional Facility or NCCF is a complex with maximum security, where the most dangerous inmates who require constant supervision are placed. It contains as many as five housing pods and has a total bed capacity of 4,925 inmates. It is to be noted that this is part of the previously mentioned Pitchess Detention Center Facilities.

Two Towers Correctional Facility is a complex where inmates who are injured, sick or mentally ill are housed. There are two main buildings here, one of which is a medical services building and the other, Los Angeles County Medical Center Jail.

The Inmate Reception Center, commonly known as IRC, can be found in the Twin Towers complex. As the name suggests, it is responsible for intake, processing, transferring and the release of those who are under the custody of the sheriff’s department in LA. IRC also handles the properties of inmates, cashier services, and evidence.

Programs available for Los Angeles County Jail inmates

Los Angeles County Jail has some programs to help inmates lead a life free of crime and adapt to society once they are released. These programs include a Merit program, Bridges to Recovery, IMPACT, self-help programs on alcohol and substance abuse and domestic violence and rehabilitation programs, etc. Chapel services are also available.


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