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Gross overcrowding in one jail and no money to staff the other one
The brand new, state-of-the-art Metropolitan Detention Center remains empty because the cash-strapped Los Angeles Police Department lacks the funds to staff it.
The $70 million, 172,000-square-foot, five-floor structure jail is one of the largest of its kind, but because of the city's budget problems, the LAPD can't hire enough jailers to operate it, according to the Los Angeles Times.