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Resource ID: #18116
Subject: Prisons
Source: Los Angeles Times Magazine
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Date: Aug. 26

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The Los Angeles Times Magazine investigates the death of Kevin Evans, a mentally ill African-American who died of alleged cardiac arrest in Twin Towers' jail, "the largest mental-health housing facility in the nation." The story reveals that Evans' medical records have been falsified, and that he was subject to violence by the hospital staff before his death occurred. The article reports on the wrongful death claims submitted by Evans' sisters and the resulting $600,000 award in settlement. A major finding is that L.A. county has provided no safety net for mentally-ill homeless people, who "at least for the present, are the responsibility of the sheriff." The reporter also looks at the "acute problems" that have persisted in Twin Towers for many years.

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