Men’s Central Jail on Lockdown to Prevent Racial Brawl

Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, December 15, 2009

The Men’s Central Jail has been on lockdown since Friday evening after the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department learned that inmates were plotting violence.

Sheriff’s officials said they placed the downtown jail–known for holding the most dangerous inmates–on lockdown after discovering that some prisoners were planning a racial brawl.

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Violence between black and Latino inmates has been a problem at the jail.

Since it opened just east of downtown Los Angeles 44 years ago, the Men’s Central Jail has been the scene of many of the jail system’s most disturbing incidents, including nine inmate homicides between 2000 and 2007. {snip}

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