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LARRP Committee Meetings
October 25th, 2023
2:00pm - 3:30pm
November 2, 2023
2:00pm - 3:00 pm
July meeting CANCELLED!
November 2, 2023,
3:30PM - 4:30 PM
Featuring a presentation by Dr. Matthew Luckett from our partner Cal State University Dominguez Hills
will be cancelled
The Homecoming Project is hiring!
We are currently hiring for a Sr. Program Manager for the LA-based Homecoming Project. This person will help lead the launch of The Homecoming Project, LA.
MONTHLY MEETING of the Los Angeles Coordinated Entry System (CES) Policy Council
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 9:30 a.m.
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
637 Wilshire Boulevard, 1st Floor Commission Room, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Civilian Oversight Commission
- September 28 - 9 AM
Hybrid meeting St. Anne's Events & Conference Center155 N. Occidental Blvd. LA, CA 90026
- October 19: St. Anne's
- November 9: St. Anne's
- December 14: Peck Park, San Pedro
- November 2: San Gabriel Valley
UNITE-LA is accepting applications for Step into Tech for our fall cohort. The Step into Tech program is a virtual, six week program created to engage system involved individuals ages 18-35 in technology learning opportunities and expose them to high-growth and high-demand careers. This program provides training opportunities in technology along with professional development skills, interview preparation, and mentor opportunities. The fall cohort begins on October 10th.
Digital Storytelling Fellowship & training program.
160-hour immersive program that offers accepted students ages 18-24 a full tuition scholarship valued at $10,000. Additionally, participants will receive a cash stipend for successful participation and will be certified in Adobe Premiere Pro and given a certificate by Venice Arts. The program will equip students with the necessary skills to compete in our network of paid internships and job placements, which Venice Arts will support them through. You will build foundational knowledge and skill in visual storytelling, production, and editing; meet new collaborators; and sit for Adobe PremierePro Certification.
The submissions are all due by Labor Day.
LARRP has the most extensive listing of reentry and criminal justice related news articles and reports in California.
L.A. County offers 3,000 new mental health and substance use treatment beds in bid to end lawsuit
By Doug Smith, Sept. 26, 2023
Facing the prospect of a trial neither side wanted, Los Angeles County and the plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking more homeless services have proposed a settlement that appears to meet the demands of a federal judge who twice rejected earlier agreements.
Editorial: Why skeptical Californians should rethink cash reparations for slavery
LA Times Editorial Board. SEPT. 17, 2023
Black Californians have suffered discrimination in education, employment, healthcare, the criminal justice system and in housing, which has translated into a devastating lack of generational wealth.
A Fight Over Funding Alternatives To Incarceration While The LA County Jails’ Death Toll Continues To Rise
Witness LA, September 16, 2023 by Taylor Walker
On Tuesday, September 12, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to set aside $88 million in Measure J funding for alternatives to incarceration meant to help the county shut down the dangerous and dungeon-like Men’s Central Jail.
The L.A. City Council is looking to expand. Getting there could take nine years
LA Times, By David Zahniser, Sept. 13, 2023
For much of the past year, Los Angeles political leaders have been laying the groundwork for a potentially seismic change in city government: increasing the size of the City Council for the first time in a century.
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…
2-1-1 is the number that over 400,000 people in Los Angeles County call every year when looking for food, shelter, and other crisis and disaster services including during the ongoing COVID pandemic when calls for assistance nearly doubled. 211 LA is the non-profit organization that has provided this 24/7 helpline service since 1981 when it…
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.