By Frank Stoltze

September 26, 2017

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Los Angeles County jails have made substantial progress in improving care

for mentally ill inmates, but key reforms mandated under a 2015 agreement

with the U.S. Department of Justice have yet to be fully implemented,

according to a monitor's bi-annual report.

 

The Sheriff's Department, which operates the jails, and the L.A. County

Department of Health Services, which provides mental health care, face

"significant challenges" providing better therapeutic services to inmates,

getting them out of their cells more often for recreation and planning for

care after their release, court-appointed monitor Richard Drooyan said in

his report, filed earlier this month with the federal judge overseeing the

agreement.