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Los Angeles coalition protests new jail construction.

Surrounded by 100 metal “jail” beds, members of the JusticeLA coalition protested outside a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ meeting in September 2017, calling on county leaders to redirect funds allocated for two new jails.Nina Agrawal, “Black Lives Matter, Other Activists Protest to Stop Jail Expansion,” Los Angeles Times, September 26, 2017.

According to JusticeLA, the expenditure could amount to $3.5 billion and would be better invested in community services and education rather than new jail beds and increased incarceration.Nina Agrawal, “Black Lives Matter, Other Activists Protest to Stop Jail Expansion,” Los Angeles Times, September 26, 2017.  County officials argue that the new facilities are necessary to prevent worsening overcrowding in existing jails.Nina Agrawal, “Black Lives Matter, Other Activists Protest to Stop Jail Expansion,” Los Angeles Times, September 26, 2017.