Sybil Brand Institute

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The Sybil Brand Institute was a county jail in Los Angeles County, California, for female inmates. It is named for Sybil Brand.

The jail was completed in 1963 and at one time had over 2,000 inmates.[1] It was closed in 1997 because of its poor physical condition[1] as a result of damage suffered during the 1994 Northridge earthquake.[2]

Since 1997, the jail has been used in movies and television shows such as 24, Reno 911!: Miami, CSI, Legally Blonde, and Desperate Housewives.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Pfeifer, Stuart (October 16, 2007). "Crowding problems grow as jail sits vacant". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ McLellan, Dennis; Oliver, Myrna (February 19, 2004). "Sybil Brand, 104; Fought for Jailed Women". The Los Angeles Times. p. B10.