The ACLU of Southern California is the leading advocate in the region for reducing dependence on incarceration and reforming the conditions inside jails facilities.
Through advocacy, public education and litigation, we work to ensure that a basic standard of care is provided to individuals who are incarcerated. We also work to decrease our community’s overreliance on mass incarceration by advocating for alternatives to incarceration and discharge planning to help reduce recidivism.
The ACLU SoCal is the court ordered monitor of the conditions of confinement and medical services within all Los Angeles County jail facilities. The Jails Project also monitors conditions in the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office jails.
“Conditions” refer to beds, change of clothing, meals, gay/trans classification, outdoor recreation, showers, telephones, overcrowding, “fish” kits, commissary, protective custody, religious services, mail, allegations of violence and retaliation and other similar issues that may arise.
- 17,000individuals on average are incarcerated in the LA County jails, of which about 2,000 are women.
- 53%of the inmate population are pre-trial, those who are awaiting trial or sentencing.