By Frank Stoltze

September 26, 2017

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It was an unusual scene on Temple Street outside Tuesday's meeting of the

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors: 100 grey metal bunk beds were

blocking traffic.

 

They were there as part of a protest against the county's plans to build a

new jail in downtown L.A. for mentally ill inmates. The 3,885 bed facility

would replace the aging Men's Central Jail. The lockup is part of an

estimated $2 billion jail expansion project that includes a new women's jail

at the Mira Loma Detention Center in Lancaster.