The County of Los Angeles is America’s most populous county. It operates the world’s largest jail system.
Los Angeles County joins the Safety and Justice Challenge at an opportune time, with new leadership (including a new Sheriff, a new District Attorney, and new members of the Board of Supervisors) committed to exploring ways to ensure public safety without unnecessary incarceration. Recent criminal justice reform efforts include the creation of a Population Management Bureau in the Sheriff Department’s Custody Operations Division, to serve as a single control point to manage the population and connect inmates to programs and community services. The Los Angeles County District Attorney and Public Defender Offices have come together to screen inmates for early disposition of criminal cases and reduce time in jail awaiting trial. And the Sheriff’s Department recently opened a Community Reentry Resource Center to assist jail inmates transitioning back into the community.