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$27 Billion County Budget Proposal Unveiled In LA

LOS ANGELES ( — Deputies Tuesday shared changes that will be made to the Twin Towers Jail through funding within the new Los Angeles County budget.

Los Angeles County's interim CEO, Sachi A. Hamai, unveiled the budget proposal Monday worth nearly $27 billion for the 2015-16 year.

"Today, because of the rebounding economy, we can add new funding to confront the complex issues facing many of our major public programs," said Hamai. "This investment in resources represents a collaborative effort between the Board of Supervisors, the sheriff and county leaders to build on reforms already underway."

Hamai explained more child-welfare workers will be hired, and more mental-health services will be offered in jails under provisions of the budget.

According to Sheriff Jim McDonnell, more than $99 million will be provided for sheriff's department projects, such as the development of an inmate diversion treatment program, and the expansion of hiring and training systems.

Nearly $67 million will be used to fill 542 new positions within the child protection system to help reduce the workload of social workers, Hamai added.

An additional $22.3 million will create 351 health-care and nursing positions, and $1.7 million will fund 30 positions to improve medical care for high-risk and high-need patients.

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