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Seattle Has Figured Out How to End the War on Drugs While other cities are jailing drug users, Seattle has found another way.
NYTimes
By Nicholas Kristof, Opinion Columnist, Aug. 23, 2019
We asked 3 prisoners about the movement to give them voting rights
VOX,
Aug 20, 2019, Catherine Kim
Executives Transforming Probation and Parole Initiative
The Chronicle of Social Change
August 19,  Jeremy Loudenback
Today in San Francisco, more than 50 current and former probation and parole chiefs have signed on to a new initiative designed to reduce the number of adults who are under supervision in the country’s local probation and parole systems.
L.A. County Will Explore Possibility of Separating Youth from Probation
The Chronicle of Social Change
August 14, 2019 by Jeremy Loudenback
Gov. Newsom grants pardon to Susan Burton, who assists women returning to society after prison
LA Times, By MAURA DOLAN, AUG. 7, 2019
Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Leads Campaign To Shut Down 'Death Trap' Jails In Los Angeles
BET July 25, 2019, by Rachel Herron
Black Lives Matter co-founder and Reform L.A. Jails chairperson Patrisse Khan-Cullors is fighting to protect incarcerated individuals in Los Angeles and the rights of people suffering from mental health issues.
We must stop sentencing people of color to death in Los Angeles County

The Daily News,
Priscilla Ocen, July 22, 2019

Across the country, people of goodwill increasingly recognize that death penalty is a racist, immoral system that is broken beyond repair. Yet, it appears that Los Angeles County has yet to get the message.

Over 75 Law Professors and Legal Scholars Call for an End to the Death Penalty in Los Angeles County
Update: Los Angeles, July 18, 2019 – A group of over 75 law professors and legal scholars from leading institutions have released an open letter calling for Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey to end the county’s costly and racially-biased death penalty practices.

Governor Newsom Announces Regional Leaders & Statewide Experts who will Advise on Solutions to Combat Homelessness
Jul 16, 2019
U.S. jail populations drop but not for women
PBS Newshour, Jun 30, 2019
Services for the Homeless in South LAKPCC’s Take Two with A Martinez
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and KPCC’s A Martinez with LARRP Steering Committee member and HOPICS Director Veronica Lewis and members of her team, including street outreach workers. Photo by Bryan Chan/Board of Supervisors
California inmates can legally possess marijuana after Prop. 64, court says
Politico, 06/12/2019
By Alexander Nieves
BSCC Board Awards $96m In Prop 47 Grants
SACRAMENTO (June 13, 2019) – The Board of State and Community Corrections today approved grant awards from a voter initiative that reduces from felonies to misdemeanors certain low-level crimes and directs state savings to programs primarily focused on mental health and substance-use disorder treatment.
Ending Mass Incarceration: 
Ideas from Today's Leaders
The Brennan Center for Justice, May 16, 2019
In this remarkable collaboration, the country’s most prominent lawmakers and activists join together to propose ideas for transformative change.
America’s Growing Gender Jail Gap
New York Review of Books,
May 7, 2019, Jacob Kang-Brown and Olive Lu
In California, Agreement On New Rules For When Police Can Use Deadly Force
NPR, May 24, Ben Adler
...Under the agreement made public Thursday, officers will be able to use lethal force only when it is "necessary" and if there are no other options...
Gov. Newsom’s Revised Budget Features Significant New Reform-Minded Criminal Justice Spending
WitnessLA, May 10, 2019
by Taylor Walker
OVERCORRECTION
California Tried to Fix Its Prisons. Now County Jails Are More Deadly.
In a 48-hour stretch during January 2018, three men were booked into the Fresno County Jail. One was beaten into a coma. Two died soon afterward. Their cases kicked off a nightmarish year in a local jail where problems trace back to California’s sweeping 2011 prison downsizing and criminal justice reforms.
ProPublica April 24,
by Jason Pohl, The Sacramento Bee, and Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica

L.A. County can safely release and treat thousands of mentally ill inmates. So do it

By The Times Editorial Board, Apr 22, 2019
THE CALIFORNIA EXPERIMENT
Who Begs To Go To Prison? California Jail Inmates
Effort to cut prison overcrowding puts some jails in crisis.
The Marshall Project, 04.23.2019
By ABBIE VANSICKLE and MANUEL VILLA
Mentally ill homeless people keep going to jail. But a study says L.A. County can fix that
LA Times, APR 22, 2019
By DOUG SMITH

How close is L.A. to building 10,000 houses for homeless people? Here’s a breakdown

By DOUG SMITH
LA Times, APR 22, 2019
LA Sheriff Watchdog:
The First Amendment Shouldn't Shield Deputy Cliques, Tattoos From Scrutiny
The laist BY FRANK STOLTZE IN NEWS ON APRIL 23, 2019

Prosecutors move to clear 54,000 marijuana convictions in California
LA Times, By ALENE TCHEKMEDYIAN
APR 01, 2019

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Is Prison
Necessary? 
Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind
NYTimes Feature, April 17, 2019
By Rachel Kushner
In three decades of advocating for prison abolition, the activist and scholar has helped transform how people think about criminal justice.

Prosecutors move to clear 54,000 marijuana convictions in California
LA Times, By ALENE TCHEKMEDYIAN
APR 01, 2019

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California at a Crossroads: Ending Youth Trauma by Closing Violent DJJ Institutions
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, March 20, 2019
Maureen Washburn
In January, in one of his first acts as Governor, Gavin Newsom pledged to “end youth imprisonment in California as we know it” and called for a radical reorganization of the state’s troubled youth correctional system, the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

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What Our Community Can Learn From Portugal’s Experience Decriminalizing Drugs
LA Watts Times
Susan Burton. Thursday, 21 March 2019
California bill to ease pathway for former inmates to become firefighters

AIRTALK, KPCC, March 14, 2019
A bill introduced by Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes (D-San Bernardino) last month is looking to help former inmate firefighters pursue the career after their release.
The bill, AB 1211, would ease current regulations to help former convicts who demonstrate “rehabilitation and a desire to work” continue fighting fires after their sentence.
After Incarceration, Former Prisoners Face a Tough Journey Home to Find Work, Reunite with Family and Begin Again
March 26, 2019, BlackPressUSA
By Rachel Holloway, Trice Edney Newswire
The next step for justice reform: Ending the ban on federal Pell Grants for eligible students behind bars
The Hill, 03/20/19
BY HEATHER RICE-MINUS AND SHAPRI D. LOMAGLIO, OPINION CONTRIBUTORS
Rap Sheets Haunt Former Inmates. California May Change That.
NYTimes, March 11, 2019, By Timothy Williams
Under a bill now making its way through the California State Legislature, millions of people in the state who have misdemeanor or lower-level felony records could be spared those problems: their criminal records would automatically be sealed from public view once they completed prison or jail sentences.
Is It a Jail? Is It a Hospital? Vote of County Supervisors Exposes Chronic Confusion and Corruption

Justice not Jails, Feb. 17, 2019
By Peter Laarman

Changing the name from “Consolidated Care Treatment Facility” to “Mental Health Treatment Center” actually accomplishes very little and raises more questions than it answers. Read more

In landmark move, L.A. County will replace Men’s Central Jail with mental health hospital for inmates

By MAYA LAU
LATimes, FEB 13, 2019

Los Angeles County supervisors narrowly approved a plan Tuesday to tear down the dungeon-like Men’s Central Jail downtown and build at least one mental health treatment facility in its place.

Placing juveniles in solitary confinement doesn't fix them. In fact, it makes them worse
USA Today, Jan. 11, 2019
Opinion contributors, Jessica Feierman and Jenny Lutz
Do We Really Need Probation and Parole?
By Vincent Schiraldi
The Crime Report | January 24, 2019
A man nine years out of a New York prison proposes marriage to his girlfriend who also has a criminal record. Because it is against the rules to associate with someone with a prior record, his parole is revoked and he is returned to prison for a year─after which he marries the same person, this time with his parole officer’s permission. A Texas woman is sentenced to five years in prison for attempting to vote while on felony probation....
Rikers closure plan will soon begin public review
Politico, 01/22/2019
By JANAKI CHADHA and SALLY GOLDENBERG
Placing juveniles in solitary confinement doesn't fix them. In fact, it makes them worse
USA Today, Jan. 11, 2019
Opinion contributors, Jessica Feierman and Jenny Lutz
Plan to create an L.A. County womens' jail in Lancaster faces serious opposition

LA TIMES By MAYA LAU JAN 08, 2019
A controversial women’s jail project that has been in development for years is now facing serious opposition from key stakeholders who are demanding more therapeutic alternatives for women in Los Angeles County’s criminal justice system. Read the article

Read the Editorial!

L.A. County needs to seriously rethink the Mira Loma women's jail

By THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD
JAN 02, 2019
The criminal justice system was built for men — men’s bodies, men’s psyches, men’s problems. But the fastest-growing contingent of jail and prison inmates is women. They are housed in institutions not built with them in mind and are guarded by officers untrained to meet their needs and challenges. Read the editorial

Congress and President Trump Consider Bi-Partisan Criminal Justice Reform Legislation, The First Step Act,

Here's what it does: (From the Marshall Project)

Measure H Helped 10,000 Homeless People Into Permanent Housing, Officials Say

By NBC Channel 4, City News Service

A half-cent sales tax passed by Los Angeles County voters nearly two years ago to fund homeless programs has been a significant success...
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Immigrants facing deportation, drug offenders and a former state lawmaker receive pardons from Gov. Jerry Brown

LA Times
by John Myers and Jazmine Ulloa, Nov 21, 2018

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CALIFORNIA WILL OFFER PAROLE FOR 4,000 'THREE-STRIKE' PRISONERS FACING LIFE SENTENCES

 

Pacific Standard
Emily Moon,  October 19, 2018

The latest ruling comes as a success for advocates of criminal justice reform.

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Keep California Safe’ initiative fails to make the November 2018 ballot

By SAL RODRIGUEZ |OPINION | Orange County Register
July 2, 2018

The much-hyped Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018 has failed to make the November 2018 ballot.

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Prop. 47 Lessened Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests
Ballot Measure to Counteract the ‘War on Drugs’ Cut Arrests Across California
By Laura Kurtzman on June 21, 2018

Now, a study out of UC San Francisco has quantified the effects of the ballot measure, which was at the leading edge of a national movement to reduce incarceration rates and change the criminal justice approach to substance use disorders.

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Fixing some of California's tough-on-crime mistakes of the past

San Diego Union Tribune
May 25, 2018
Who overpacked California’s prisons? It was first-term Gov. Jerry Brown, when he signed into law the Uniform Determinate Sentencing Act in 1976. And it was the Legislature’s Democratic majority, who’d sent Brown the act in the first place and then tried to outflank tough-on-crime Republicans by adding one sentence-lengthening provision (or “enhancement”) after another. Read more

California Lawmakers Want to Make it Easier for Returned Citizens to get job Licenses  
California prison inmates are offered training in automotive repair, cosmetology, construction and other fields as part of their rehabilitation. Then, when they get out, state licensing boards often bar them from those professions because of their convictions.

 

Two Important editorials by the LA Times last month:

Marijuana is now legal in California. Continuing to punish prior offenders is cruel and unnecessary

Marijuana is now legal under California law, but hundreds of thousands of Californians have criminal records for possessing or selling the drug
Read the full editorial

Don’t let this Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf

By THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD
FEB 13, 2018

Read the full editorial

California's top court strikes down 50-year sentences for juveniles
By MAURA DOLAN
FEB 26, 2018

The California Supreme Court decided Monday that juveniles may not be sentenced to 50 years or longer in prison for kidnapping, rape and sodomy.

In a 4-3 ruling, the state high court said a 50-year sentence for minors was "functionally equivalent" to life without parole. (read more)

Slavery is alive and kickin'

Pacific Standard Magazine
LEE V. GAINES, NOV 27, 2017

Across the country, minor pot infractions disproportionately affect people of color. Newly enacted legislation in the Golden State is working to ease those penalties.

Read more

LA Times Editorial
NOV 20, 2017

One of the broken promises of the criminal justice system is that a person who completes felony time in prison or jail will leave with a clean slate and a chance to start over. It doesn't work that way. Liberty once lost is rarely fully restored...

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The Marshall Project

Photographer Brian L. Frank captures the lives of men on the fire lines and at home in prison conservation camps.

In response, the state's fire agency, CALFIRE, has mobilized more than 11,000 firefighters.

Of those, 1,500 were inmates from minimum security conservation camps run by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where they are trained to work on fire suppression and other emergencies like floods and earthquakes.

See more of the amazing photos

Mike Males
Published: October 30, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – October 30, 2017 – A new research report released today from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice examines local trends in California’s property crime from 2010 through 2016, a period marked by major justice system reform, including Public Safety Realignment, Prop 47, and Prop 57 (read more)

By Bruce Western and Vincent Schiraldi | July 20, 2017
The Crime Report

In our nation’s expanding discussion about eliminating mass incarceration, advocates, researchers and the media are missing a major contributor to incarcerated populations and a partial deprivation of liberty in its own right.

Mass supervision through probation and parole. (read more)

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.

LATimes

BSCC

Don't Stop Now:
California Leads the Nation in Using Public Higher Education to Address Mass Incarceration - Will We Continue?

Corrections College of California Report

Scores of Californians have spent the past three years laboring to accomplish the unprecedented: bringing together our enormous criminal justice and public higher education systems to build a new generation of college students and graduates.

The reasons why are clear - higher education reduces recidivism, changes lives, and builds stronger communities. We can no longer consign incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women to ending their education with a GED; they, like all of us, deserve the opportunities that hard work and a college degree create.

The Morality of Government Spending: Who Decides What Gets Funded?

BY BRIAN BIERY
Budgets are moral documents. As a society, we demonstrate our values by what we spend our money on. So when governments draft budgets they show what is important to bureaucrats and politicians, but what if their perspectives are not aligned with the public? And how do we insert what we value into the process?

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People with Records Deserve a Fair Chance to Secure Employment
Overall, 31 states and more than 150 cities and counties in America have taken steps to remove barriers to employment and give working people with records a second chance... Read more
Survivors of Violent Crime Raise Their Voices in California to call for a new Approach to Criminal Justice

By JAZMINE ULLOA
APR 17, 2018

As the state has rolled back sentencing laws through legislation and voter initiatives, a growing victims' rights movement is pushing for alternatives to incarceration, with greater investment in rehabilitation services and a reevaluation of what it takes to make communities safe.
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Contra Costa to consider waiving certain court fees
The Mercury News
September 13, 2019, By Annie Sciacca
The moratorium would include probation report fees, public defenders’ fees and fees for alternative custody programs such as electronic monitoring and work alternatives to jail. Fees would be waived for everyone, regardless of ability to pay.
Los Angeles County Votes To Stop Construction Of New Jail-Like Facility, Adding Momentum To National Abolition Movement
The Intercept
by Francisco Aviles Pino, August 22 2019
....On August 13, the movement had a pivotal victory. Following months of teach-ins, public forums, and office visits by JusticeLA, the Board of Supervisors voted to halt a $2.2 billion contract to build a gargantuan, jail-like mental health facility. Instead, the board will investigate how the county could invest in treatment programs and alternatives to incarceration.
The win is notable in part because it was driven not by reform politics but by an explicit call for prison abolition.
Why Los Angeles Officials Voted to Cancel an Almost $2 Billion Contract Thursday: A shift in thinking about jails and mental health.
NY Times,
Aug. 15, 2019, Jill CowanRead more
California Governor Promises More Changes to “Biased, Random” Justice System
Signing a new law on police shootings, Gavin Newsom says he’s sending a message.
The Marshall Project
August 19, 2019, Abbie Vansickle
Restoring Pell Grants To Prisoners Benefits Us All

Detroit Free Press
August 16, 2019, Greg Handel and Margaret diZerega

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Prison Systems Can Respect The Religious Rights Of Muslims.
State Government Should Ensure They Do.
The Appeal, Vaidya Gullapalli Jul 29, 2019
Ex-Cons Find Second Chances Easier to Get in Tight Labor Market
Leslie Patton, Bloomberg News, July 16, 2019
Algorithms Should Not Determine Freedom: MIT Researchers Affirm Community Demands.
Medium, Ivette Ale, July 17, 2019
To their credit, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (BOS) and the California legislature have been attempting to reform this system (money bail). Unfortunately, both state and county have sought to replace money bail with an equally unfair and dangerous system — pretrial risk assessment.
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Who’s helping the 1.9 million women released from prisons and jails each year?
Prison Policy Initiative, by Wendy Sawyer, July 19, 2019
Reentry and Opportunity Center Improves Outcomes for Probation Clients
By Cora Jackson-Fossett, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Sentinel, July 4, 2019
The new Los Angeles County Reentry Opportunity Center aims to increase successful outcomes for probation clients. Described as a one-stop shop, the facility houses community and county service providers to assist clients with a second chance to change the trajectory of their life. The DOORS or Developing Opportunities Offering Reentry Solutions section contains representatives to aid with housing, jobs, training, legal assistance, mental health services and more.
Why Los Angeles Could Be the Setting for the ‘Most Important D.A. Race’ in the U.S.
NYTimes, June 21, 2019
By Tim Arango
Competing approaches — pushing to reform mass incarceration versus a more traditional get-tough-on crime tact — are likely to clash in the race for district attorney of Los Angeles. George Gascón, the district attorney of San Francisco, is weighing a return home to Los Angeles, where he was a police officer in the 1990s, to challenge Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles’s incumbent top prosecutor, setting the stage for what activists and experts say will be the most important district attorney’s race in America.
See the ACLU Report and LARRP Press Release below for more on the Death Penalty in Los Angeles
In Los Angeles, only people of color are sentenced to death
The Guardian, 18 Jun 2019
By SamLevin
The county’s prosecutor has won death sentences for 22 defendants, none of them white, report shows
LA County Supes Expand Innovative Program Proven To Break The Wash, Rinse, Repeat Pattern Of Mental Illness, Incarceration, And Homelessness
WitnessLA, May 14, 2019
by Celeste Fremon
Counties rarely collect fees imposed on those formerly jailed. So why keep charging them?
LA Times OpEd By Anne Stuhldreher
MAY 16, 2019
Every month people like Anthony Robles struggle with a harrowing choice: to pay rent and bills, or pay fees that will keep them out of jail.
How Private Equity Is Turning Public Prisons Into Big Profits
The Nation, April 30, 2019
By Tim Requarth 
In recent years, corporations have privatized almost every part of the public prison system. Now, PE firms are swooping in, seeking lavish returns for investors.
An Ex-Prisoner of America’s Drug War Speaks Out: It’s Not Over Yet
The Crime Report | April 17, 2019
By Anthony Papa
Bernie Sanders Is Right: We Should Let the Boston Marathon Bomber Vote
Reason, by JOE SETYON | 4.23.2019
Incarcerated people are already paying their debt to society. What good does it do the rest of the population to take away their right to have a say?

21 more studies showing racial disparities in the criminal justice system
The Washington Post, April 9
By Radley Balko, Opinion writer

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First major drug distribution company, former executives, criminally charged in opioid crisis

NBC News, April 23, 2019
By Tom Winter and Elisha Fieldstadt

California Death Penalty Suspended; 737 Inmates Get Stay of Execution

NYTimes, By Tim Arango
March 12, 2019

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Bias in the justice system is real, and the death penalty reveals it
By JENNIFER L. EBERHARDT
LA Times, Op-ed, MAR 21, 2019
Van Jones pushes for justice reforms with Lamont
Ken Dixon
AP, March 18, 2019
Gavin Newsom’s death penalty moratorium could turn the abolitionist tide in California

By THE LA TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD
MAR 13, 2019

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The Case for Expunging Criminal Records
A new study shows the benefits of giving people a clean slate.
NYTimes, Op-Ed, March 20, 2019
By J.J. Prescott and Sonja B. Starr
Professors Prescott and Starr teach at the University of Michigan Law School.
Fed Up With Probation’s Ongoing Failure To Spend Juvenile Justice $ Millions On Proven Programs For LA County’s Kids, The Supes Make A Radical Move
witnessLA March 26, 2019 by Celeste Fremon
On Tuesday afternoon, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a new motion that will put most of the power to choose how a large pot of state money gets spent into the hands of the county’s Juvenile Justice Coordinating Counsel (JJCC), a mostly unknown voting body that is crammed with youth experts and advocates. Prior to this shift, the funds were almost entirely controlled by LA County Probation, a situation that the board decided wasn’t working.
Teaching in America’s prisons has taught me to believe in second chances
The Conversation, March 18, 2019
More mothers are ending up behind bars. Meeting the needs of their children is becoming a bigger priority
By Anissa Gray, CNN
CNN, March 18, 2019
The next step for justice reform: Ending the ban on federal Pell Grants for eligible students behind bars
The Hill, 03/20/19
BY HEATHER RICE-MINUS AND SHAPRI D. LOMAGLIO, OPINION CONTRIBUTORS
Police accountability in Los Angeles is heading backwards
By THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD
LA Times, MAR 20, 2019
After Los Angeles voters approved a ballot measure to remake a key part of the police disciplinary process, City Council President Herb Wesson promised a series of hearings around the city on LAPD reform and the kinds of complaints about policing that have riveted the nation’s attention over the last several years: Excessive force. Dishonesty. Accountability. Discipline. Transparency. There would be ample opportunity for public input. Everything would be done in the open.
"There's not one subject I want to duck," Wesson told The Times in May 2017. "I want to look at every aspect of this."
What a crock.
1.5 million felons can now vote in Florida because of these men
New York Post, March 16, 2019
By Salena Zito
California must double-down on prison rehabilitation

CALMatters Guest Commentary | Feb. 24, 2019 | By Adnan Khan

The State Auditor recently issued an audit of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s in-prison rehabilitation programs with a conclusion that these programs did not reduce recidivism rates. Read more

Anti-recidivism efforts falling short, audit says

Report suggests state prisons aren’t meeting ambitious goals on inmate rehabilitation.

LA Times, Feb 16, 2019, By Jazmine Ulloa
SACRAMENTO — California set ambitious new goals in 2012 to help state inmates transition into society and infused the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation with more funding to fulfill the mandate. But a state audit released last month found corrections officials have failed to connect many prisoners with services, monitor rehabilitation programs and keep people away from incarceration.
Why California’s Default Mental Institutions Are Now Jails and Prisons

Justice Not Jails, Feb. 8, 2019 By Jocelyn Wiener
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Pepper Spray Is Used Too Often To 'Subdue Youth' In LA's Juvenile Justice System
LAist,Feb. 5, 2019 BY EMILY ELENA DUGDALE
Opponents of California Justice Reforms Prepare for Battle
The Crime Report
By TCR Staff | January 22, 2019
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva defends reinstating deputy fired over abuse allegations
By MAYA LAU, LA Times, JAN 22, 2019
Despite an emphasis on inmate rehab, California recidivism rate is 'stubbornly high'
By JAZMINE ULLOA
LA Times, JAN 31, 2019
EXPANSION OF LARGEST JAIL SYSTEM IN THE UNITED STATES MUST END
The Appeal, Jan 23, 2019
Patrisse Cullors, Lex Steppling
Los Angeles County’s jail system incarcerates tens of thousands of people at a multi-billion dollar cost. The communities most impacted by mass incarceration have had enough.
The People v. Melina Abdullah
As the city cracks down on free speech, Black Lives Matter L.A. leader Melina Abdullah faces eight criminal misdemeanor charges stemming from her activism.
For the LAnd, BY JASON MCGAHAN
Black women punished for self-defense must be freed from their cages

The Guardian, Thu 3 Jan 2019
Mariame Kaba
Black women have always been vulnerable to violence in the US. We have to address the systemic and cultural issues that contribute to this...
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How the FIRST STEP Act Became Law - and What Happens Next
The making of a historic criminal justice reform bill

Brennan Center for Justice, January 4, 2019
Ames Grawert, Tim Lau

Last month, the FIRST STEP Act was signed into law - a major win for the movement to end mass incarceration. Read the article

Jerry Brown Becomes Most Forgiving Governor In Modern CA History

By CALmatters, News Partner | Dec 27, 2018
In keeping with eight years of holiday tradition, Gov. Jerry Brown issued 143 pardons this week. Since 2011, he has pardoned 1,332 inmates.

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Prop. 47 spared offenders from prison, but they may find county jail harsher


San Francisco Chronicle Nov. 23, 2018, By Kerry Rudd

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Why Is Karl Taylor Dead?
Our prisons are our mental wards. One fatal case in New York shows where that can lead.

The Marshall Project, By TOM ROBBINS, November 27, 2018

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The Scanner: Alameda County to drop criminal justice fees; the problem with pot DUIs

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In historic upset, Alex Villanueva beats incumbent Jim McDonnell in race for Los Angeles County sheriff

LA Times| NOV 26, 2018 | By MAYA LAU

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Women Ignored in Incarceration Reform
Justice Not Jails, October 21, 2018

Women are the fastest-growing population in U.S. jails, but the effect this has on families has been largely ignored, a New York conference was told Wednesday.
Implementing long-term, meaningful solutions for women and families remain too few and far between, experts said at a three-person panel unveiling a new initiative aimed at reforming criminal justice system to better serve women.

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Jim Crow’s Lasting Legacy At The Ballot Box

The Marshall Project
JENNIFER RAE TAYLOR 08.20.2018
Denying voting rights to people with felony convictions has roots in racist laws.

Read the Opinion Piece

How young is too young for jail? California doesn't have an answer, but it should

LATimes Editorial Board, AUG 11, 2018
When is someone too young to go to jail? Even if it’s a juvenile jail or a so-called probation camp, surely such institutions are not the right place for 8-year-olds, no matter what crimes they may have committed. But how old is old enough? Is it 9? 10? What’s the age threshold for jail?

Read the Opinion Piece

No, Prop 47 didn't de-criminalize misdemeanors
by THE LA TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD, JUL 18, 2018

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Prisoners who risk their lives during Calif. wildfires shouldn't be shut out of profession
Katherine Katcher, Sonja Tonnesen and Neeraj Kumar, Opinion contributors Nov. 3, 2017
They are skilled. They sacrifice for $1 per hour. But once inmates finish their sentence, laws bar them from the job

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To build, or not to build, a new L.A. County jail
By THE LATIMES EDITORIAL BOARD, June 16, 2018

Hundreds of people pack the Hollywood United Methodist Church on this blustery January evening to hear from Johnson and other leaders of JusticeLA, a group formed to fight what members are calling the planned expansion of the Los Angeles County jail system. Read more

 

04/21/2018 Asha Bandele of the Drug Policy Alliance interview on MIC:

"Prince could still be alive today if America didn’t shame people for using drugs." Asha talks about some of the things learned on a recent trip to Portugal. Members of LARRP were on that trip.

Watch here

 

Inmates who learn trades are often blocked from jobs. Now something's being done.

NBC News May 26, 2018
Half the states bar ex-cons from getting the occupational licences they need to re-enter the workforce. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say it doesn't make sense. Read more

Los Angeles Activists Join Delegation to Portugal March 19-22 to Learn from Country’s Groundbreaking Drug Decriminalization Policy

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: March 19 – 22
CONTACT: Troy Vaughn, troyvaughn@lareenry.org

Press Release
Voter Registration Makes Inroads in Unexpected Territory: County Jails

LA Times, FEB 26, 2018
By MICHAEL LIVINGSTON

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