What Are Some Interesting Facts About Twin Towers Correctional Facility?


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One interesting fact about the Twin Towers Correctional Facility is that it is the largest jail in the world, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. In the United States, the facility is the biggest mental health center. In media reports it is often called the Twin Towers Jail.

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One of the towers is dedicated to medical services, while the other holds the county's Medical Center Jail Ward, states the LA County Sheriff's Department. The towers were constructed after the 1994 Northridge earthquake damaged the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles. Technically, the complex opened in 1997. However, it was not immediately used because of insufficient funding. While the facility was not occupied, people tried to break into it.

The Twin Towers facility covers 1.5 million square feet, the sheriff's department continues. It is designed so correctional officers are able to view all areas from a central control room.

In 2002, inmate Kevin Pullum escaped from the facility shortly after he was convicted of attempted murder, reports the Los Angeles Times. Wearing street clothes under his uniform, Pullum stashed the jail garb in a tunnel. He exited the facility using a counterfeit photo identification card with a picture of comedian Eddie Murphy. Pullman was at large for 16 days.

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