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LARRP Committee Meetings
NO DECEMBER MEETING!
January 18, 2024,
10:00 - 11:30 am
February 21, 2021,
Even months on the third Wednesday of the month 2:00pm-3:30pm
January 11, 2024,
2:00pm - 3:00 pm
February 8, 2024,
3:30PM - 4:30 PM
Odd months on the First Thursday of the month 3:30pm-4:30pm
December 4, 2023,
Center for Living and Learning
Project Manager-Interim Housing
The Project Manager is responsible for guiding, developing,
and overseeing the Center for Living and Learning’s (CLL) evolving portfolio of interim
housing programs for participants reentering the community from incarceration and/or
substance use treatment. The Project Manager will oversee all daily operations related
to CLL housing facilities.
L.A. County Training Center (Fire Camp) Jobs Available
The Los Angeles County Training Center (Fire Camp) is hiring! The positions of Program Manager, Office Manager, Job Developer, Life Coach, Overnight Program Monitor, and Weekend Program Monitor are all accepting applications. The below LACTC positions are non-county jobs, hired through a contracted service provider. All applicants should apply directly following the links below.
Don't Miss SHIELDS Exciting Job Fair!
Wednesday, December 6, 10 am-2 pm
This in-person event is your chance to meet with SHIELDS and learn about our diverse programs and wide range of job openings!
SHIELDS for families
11601 S. Western Ave, 90047
#CloseCAPrisons spokesperson training
Wednesday, December 6th.
The goal of this training is to build up spokespeople for the #CloseCAPrisons campaign and equip all organizers in the campaign with updated talking points. This training is open to everyone and it would be wonderful to have a rep/or multiple from each organization in attendance!
If you would like to attend, please fill out this doodle poll to select which time(s) work best for you, there are four 1 hour time window options on December 6th. We will keep you posted on which time ends up working for the majority!
L.A. County Training Center (Fire Camp) Applications Open, AND Jobs Available
The Los Angeles County Training Center (Fire Camp) is seeking applicants for the first ever cohort of The Los Angeles County Training Center (Fire Camp), coming in January 2024.
Priority will be given to applications from individuals who are former foster youth, veterans, and those who have been justice impacted.
LACTC is a residential job training program located in Calabasas, CA. Participants will receive certifications and hands-on job training in fire services, on-site residential services, meals, career counseling, life skills training, and job placement assistance. All services, trainings and benefits are provided free of charge to the participants. Participation is 100% voluntary but will require a commitment of up to 12 months to complete all trainings and certifications.
For more information or to apply, click here.
Incubation Academy Application – Apply now!
Apply by Dec. 1 to be considered for cohort beginning in January
If you have applied previously, you are automatically under consideration. JCOD Incubation Academy aims to engage and enroll Los Angeles County grassroots non-profit organizations, especially those with BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, or justice-involved leadership, that have historically been providing services to justice-involved people but have faced challenges obtaining government contracts and funding.
Click here for the application link.
Community Grant Opportunity for 2024 Take Action LA Campaign to Promote Mental Health Awareness and Community Well-Being
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) and CalMHSA are seeking mission-driven partners for May 2024 to enhance mental health awareness and well-being in the community. Grants will support diverse and innovative organizations in organizing events that align with LACDMH's Take Action LA for Mental Health campaign.
Everything an organization needs to apply is located in the CalMHSA Bonfire procurement portal at https://calmhsa.bonfirehub.com/.
Applications are due on December 1, 2023, at 5 p.m. PST.
LARRP has the most extensive listing of reentry and criminal justice related news articles and reports in California.
L.A. County is launching CARE Court. Here’s what to expect
LA Times, By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Thomas Curwen, Nov. 30, 2023
The L.A. County Department of Mental Health, first responders, family members, roommates or spouses will be able to petition the court to start the process of enrolling someone into the state-funded program.
California prisoners could get higher wages under new plan — but still less than $1 an hour
LATimes, By Anabel Sosa, Nov. 26, 2023
For the first time in 30 years, the California prison system plans to nearly double most hourly wages for incarcerated workers... The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s proposal calls for eliminating all unpaid work assignments and reducing hours for most prison workers from full-time jobs to half time. Prison officials argue that higher wages will have several benefits, including making it easier for inmates to pay back the money they owe for damage from their crimes. Fifty-five percent of inmates’ wages go toward restitution costs, according to the Department of Corrections.
A woman was jailed for shoplifting. Weeks later, her mother got back a decaying corpse
LA Times, By Keri Blakinger, Nov. 26, 2023
Bews had been arrested on a pair of misdemeanor charges, and died in a Los Angeles County jail two days later. But the officer who showed up at her door couldn’t tell Bettencourt anything about how her daughter died.
And a few weeks later, no one could explain what had happened to the rotting body Bettencourt saw at the funeral home.
Guest Commentary: LA County’s Bail Policy Doesn’t Threaten Public Safety
Davis Vanguard by By Aaron Littman, Alicia Virani, Nicholas Shapiro, November 22, 2023
As UCLA professors with a wealth of research between us on bail, jails, and incarceration, we have dedicated our careers to seeking better ways to keep our communities safe: running pretrial justice clinics, analyzing nearly a decade of deaths in Los Angeles jails, and collecting and analyzing data in prisons, jails, youth facilities, and immigration detention centers across the United States. Our work has revealed the tremendous injustice of a system that allows the wealthy to buy their freedom and leaves the poor in jail to suffer violence, trauma, and too often death.
The first batch of data from the Los Angeles Superior Court on the new bail protocols shows “undeniable public safety benefits” – only 3.5 percent of people arrested in the first three weeks of the new policy were rearrested. Half of those rearrests were of people released on traditional money bail—among cases that went through magistrate review, a mere two people were rebooked.
The LARRP Policy and Advocacy Committee seeks to be a resource to inform and mobilize the reentry community around critical reentry policy issues and leverage the expertise of practitioners and impacted people into the policy making process.
The Committee will develop and advocate for the passage and implementation of legislative and administrative policies that improve opportunities for formerly incarcerated or convicted people, their families and communities, and the community-based agencies that serve them.
Committee work will be guided and prioritized by 3 questions:
- Will it have a direct impact on the lives of impacted people?
- Does it address reentry systems or services?
- Does it reduce racial discrimination in the criminal legal system?
LARRP is excited to bring you our legislative priorities for 2023! While there are many bills that we have been working on since January, this represents the full slate of LARRP's priority bills at the state and federal level. Each bill mentioned carries with it major ramifications for the currently and formerly incarcerated, and we encourage you to familiarize yourself with this legislation so that as we ask for advocacy and provide opportunities for you to get involved, you can hit the ground running! Your ongoing advocacy efforts help us work on behalf of our community, and we are so proud to bring you our priorities. If you want to participate in the LARRP Policy Team, or want Charles to speak to your team or organizations to present these bills, please let us know by emailing Charles@lareentry.org
LARRP Membership is open to any person or agency with an interest in reentry in Los Angeles County and whose interests are aligned with the LARRP mission. This would include, but not limited to, formerly incarcerated or convicted people and their families; reentry providers, advocates and researchers; government agencies; schools; faith-based agencies; youth oriented organizations; service clubs; neighborhood councils; and elected officials.
LARRP has 3 classes of paid membership:
- $50 – Individual
- $250 – Small Organization (Annual budget under $500,000)
- $500 – Large Organization (Annual budget $500,000 +)
LARRP has two classes of non-paid participants
- Currently incarcerated individuals
- Individuals, government agencies, and other entities that do not choose to join LARRP, but support LARRP’s mission and would like to be engaged and involved with LARRP and its members.
LARRP is a network of public, community and faith-based agencies and advocates working together to ensure that our reentry system meets the needs of our agencies, communities, and the people we serve, both in terms of capacity and public policy.
The Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership (LARRP) is the only countywide network of reentry focused non-profit organizations, public agencies, and advocates that works to ensure that our reentry system meets the needs of our agencies, communities, and the people we serve, both in terms of capacity and public policy.
Since 2011, LARRP has been building a locally rooted reentry movement to advance positive change for millions of formerly incarcerated and convicted (FIC) Angelinos and build public will for greater equity in the criminal justice system. Since inception, LARRP has worked tirelessly to increase funding for housing, health, and social services for the FIC people and those who serve them.
LARRP is a project of Community Partners.
The aim of of the Community Safety Committee is to:
- SEED change by identifying drivers of violence;
- NURTURE the work by inclusively engaging a broad and diverse group of stakeholders in a balanced and democratic conversation about approaches to addressing violence;
- HARVEST the fruit of the work by defining an approach to systems change that can be implemented, evaluated, and shared.
The mission of the Education Committee is to:
- BUILD BRIDGES from corrections to college in Southern California by providing a framework and opportunity for information and resource sharing for individuals and programs that support educational opportunities for the reentry population.
- Enhance the educational experience by linking academics, business, and the reentry community.
- Promote restorative justice, support partnerships, network, share resources, and encourage and celebrate educational excellence.
Convene periodically to discuss progress, evaluate goals, and develop plans.
The Mission of the Integrated Health Committee is to:
- CONVENE re-entry stakeholders dedicated to improving the comprehensive mental health, physical health, and the substance use needs of the reentry population by addressing inequity across systems of care and increasing access to care.
The LARRP Housing Committee focuses on:
- UNDERSTANDING the housing and homeless services landscape
- IDENTIFYING interim and permanent housing solutions for the reentry population.
- TRACKING policies and guidelines that impact formerly incarcerated individual’s ability to access housing subsidies and resources.
Letter from Troy Vaughn It is with a heavy heart that we reflect on the many Angelenos who have died in LA County jails already this year, most before they were convicted or sentenced for a crime. As Vera Institute’s Michelle Paris shared in her August 4th LAT Oped on this tragedy, “Most of the…
As I sit in my study to write this month’s executive statement for the newsletter, my mind and heart is moved to speak about the probation reform that is still needed in our county. On June 16th we will celebrate Juneteenth in this nation, and that’s a good thing. I think about the fact that…
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By Pastor Joe Paul, V.P. of Network Partnerships and Government Relations, The Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership August 1, 2022 Thirty-five years ago, I committed a crime: I was involved in the murder of a young black man – a casualty of the crack epidemic. I too, as a young black man, was a victim…
The L.E.A.D.E.R.S. Training Academy is a project funded by CCJBH; Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health. Its' purpose is to provide capacity to the formerly incarcerated, the people who have been closest to the problem but the furthest away from the solutions.
D.O.O.R.S Community Reentry Center
The Office of Diversion and Reentry partnered to open DOORS (Developing Opportunities and Offering Reentry Solutions) Community Reentry Center located at 3965 Vermont Ave. in Los Angeles. DOORS provides many supportive services to address and assist the reentry community and their families. These services are provided in a welcoming environment by county partners and community-based organizations that are considered leaders in the reentry work and experienced professionals with high risk communities. Services offered include housing, employment, educational services,legal aid, mental health assessments, healing through the arts, and substance use health and counseling.