In the NEWS
Prop. 47 got thousands out of prison. Now, $103 million in savings will go towards keeping them out
June 9, 2017, SACRAMENTO, CA – Yesterday, the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) announced $103 million dollars in grant awards for community diversion and treatment programs across California. Demonstrating the largest reallocation of prison budget funds to community-based programs, this is a historic opportunity for California to lead the way in ensuring effective treatment, diversion and reentry services for individuals most impacted by our criminal justice system.
APRIL 3, 2017 Partnership with 70MillionJobs.com aims to increase employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated Angelenos.
LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today launched a partnership with 70MillionJobs.com, the first online job board to match formerly incarcerated individuals seeking work with employers interested in hiring qualified applicants of all backgrounds.
“People who have served time and are returning home deserve an opportunity to make a fresh start, prove themselves in the workforce, and earn a good living for themselves and their families,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This platform will help transform lives by opening up connections to employers who are willing to give qualified applicants a second chance.” Read more
March 29, 2017
Jail population down 18% since Mayor took office
NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio today announced that by the end of this year, every person in the Department of Correction’s custody will receive re-entry services to help connect them with jobs and opportunities outside of jail, as well as five hours of programming per day during their stay to address vocational, educational, and therapeutic needs. The Mayor also reiterated major reductions in the jail population in the last three years. Read more
Pro bono work at the law school prepared Trojan for current role in the L.A. Office of Reentry
BY Traude Gomez JANUARY 19, 2017
Kimberley Guillemet ’05 wants to bring about sweeping and systemic reform in the criminal justice system. That admirable goal was sparked by her pro bono and clinical experiences as a USC Gould School of Law student.
Now, as manager of the city of Los Angeles’ Office of Reentry, Guillemet works to implement citywide policies and programs that help citizens with a criminal past re-enter society and rebuild their lives, primarily through employment and education.
Reports and Studies
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
January 10, 2017 By the Drug Policy Alliance and Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
For decades, the criminal justice system has incentivized arrests, convictions, incarceration, and other criminal consequences for drug use. However, the American public increasingly believes problematic substance use is a public health problem, not a criminal one. In California, drug policy reforms implemented over recent years reflect these changing perceptions.
The Southern Poverty Law Center
November 21, 2016 by Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigrant Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and Adelante Alabama Worker Center
This report is the result of a seven-month investigation of six detention centers in the South, a region where tens of thousands of people are locked up for months, sometimes even years, as they await hearings or deportation.
This summary is in not exhaustive. Instead, we wanted to share a few media clips that illustrate the narrative we’ve been in over the past few years.
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