Twin Towers Correctional Facility

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Twin Towers Correctional Facility
The jail is close to the civic center

The Twin Towers Correctional Facility, also referred to in the media as Twin Towers Jail, is a complex in Los Angeles, California.[1] The facility is located at 450 Bauchet Street, in Los Angeles, California and is operated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The facility consists of two towers, a medical services building, and the Los Angeles County Medical Center Jail Ward.

The 1.5 million square foot (140,000 m) complex was opened in 1997, though it remained empty for a period prior to opening because of lack of operating funds. During that time, the deputy sheriffs had to prevent people from breaking in.[2] It was authorized and constructed after the Northridge earthquake damaged the historic Hall of Justice in the city. Security at the facility centers on a panoptic design that allows deputies and officers in a central control room to look through secure optical material to see into all areas of the facility.[3]


Despite the state-of-the-art security systems built into the jail, inmate Kevin Jerome Pullum walked out of an employee exit on July 6, 2001, two hours after being convicted of attempted murder, and remained at large for eighteen days before he was apprehended within a mile of the jail. Pullum used a newspaper photograph of actor Eddie Murphy to alter an identification badge he used in the escape. The attempt made Pullum the 13th person to successfully escape the facility.[4]

In May 2013, along with the adjacent Men's Central Jail, Twin Towers ranked as one of the ten worst prisons in the United States, based on reporting in Mother Jones magazine which stated: "Packed at the best of times, Twin Towers and Men's Central are overflowing with prisoners transferred there from overcrowded California prisons under the state's court-ordered reorganization scheme. Eyewitnesses, including several prison chaplains, have reported that attacks by deputies at the twin facilities are often unprovoked or brought on by the slightest infractions. Additional deputies often pile on, sometimes after being alerted to the action on their walkie-talkies."

The report includes an anecdote, for instance, in which a prisoner who sustains multiple injuries in such an attack, is allegedly paraded naked down a jail module as a deputy yells "gay boy walking," placed in a cell, and beaten and raped by other inmates as deputies stand by.[5] The jail has also come under fire from human rights advocates as a central focus in the use of psychiatric drugs to control prisoners.[citation needed]

Objection has been raised that female deputies and officers may be present during processing of male prisoners. Their access is not restricted during the period prisoners are naked and waiting to be issued a jumpsuit.[citation needed]

USGS Aerial Photo - the prison is in the lower right quadrant

Notable inmates[edit]

Cultural references[edit]

It has also been used as a filming location for the movies Blast and Mean Guns, both directed by Albert Pyun.[citation needed]

It also features in Michael Connelly's book The Law of Innocence.[15]


  1. ^ "County Correction Facilities & Jails - Los Angeles County". Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "CNN - Prison has plenty of guard, but no prisoners". CNN. May 17, 1996. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "Transcripts: Will Paris Hilton Go To Jail? Aired May 11, 2007 - 21:00 ET". Larry King Live. CNN. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  4. ^ "Elusive Escapee Finally Caught". Los Angeles Times. July 23, 2001. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  5. ^ Ridgeway, James; Casella, Jean (2013). "America's 10 Worst Prisons: LA County". Mother Jones.
  6. ^ "Eight is Enough for The Game". TMZ. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  7. ^ "The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs". L.A. Weekly. December 2, 2009. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "Twin Towers to Paris -- Great Seeing You Go!". TMZ. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  9. ^ Antonio Castelan; Julie Brayton; John Cadiz Klemack; Patrick Healy (November 8, 2011). "Conrad Murray's First Night Behind Bars". NBC Los Angeles. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  10. ^ McDonald, Scott (August 31, 2020). "Ron Jeremy Accused of Sexually Assaulting 15-year-old Girl Among 20 New Allegations". Newsweek. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  11. ^ [ "Steve-O Pulls One Last Stunt Before Going To Jail For SeaWorld's Whales"]. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)
  12. ^ Andrew Blankstein; Phil Helsel (October 26, 2018). "Judge orders Robert Durst to stand trial in murder of friend Susan Berman". NBC News. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  13. ^ Dakin Andone; Paul Vercammen (July 31, 2020). "Robert Durst's murder trial has been postponed until April 2021". CNN. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  14. ^ Maria Puente (July 20, 2021). "Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to 11 sex-crime charges in L.A. after extradition from New York". USA Today. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  15. ^ Connelly, Michael (2020). The Law of Innocence. Orion. ISBN 978-1409186106.

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Coordinates: 34°03′33″N 118°13′54″W / 34.05905932°N 118.23157174°W / 34.05905932; -118.23157174