Editorial: L.A. County has a plan to move away from jails and toward public health. What are we waiting for?

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“Stopping jail construction was merely the beginning of the historic shift. What followed was a sometimes tense but remarkably productive year-long series of meetings at which community members, service providers, advocates and county officials hammered out proposals to create a health-based system that would direct people in crisis to mental health care, substance abuse treatment, housing, job training and peer counseling instead of arrest and incarceration.”

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