LARRP Committee Meetings
May General Meeting
May 20, 2021,
May 3, 2021,
Thursday, May 20th, 2021,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
LARRP Housing Committee Meetings are recurring on Every Other 3rd Thursday (Odd numbered months) from 1:30pm-2:30pm
May 20, 2021
4:00PM- 5:30 PM
Wednesday, 26 May 2021
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Please join us for two interactive presentations on Wednesday, May 26th from 2:00pm-3:30pm, and make your voices heard!
The Employment Committee is hosting special guests from the City and County of Los Angeles to share important information around new funding opportunities and approaches to workforce development programs.
First, it is our pleasure to welcome Mr. Donny Brooks, Assistant Chief Grants Administrator at Economic Workforce Development Department. The City of Los Angeles is currently experiencing a significant transformation of how they will allocate funding to support Workforce and Economic Development programs for the most vulnerable populations; in the era of defunding public safety departments, particularly in the area of criminal justice reform, social equity, and career and employment programs. Mr. Brooks is at the center of strategizing the best uses and potential allocations of these public funds to the City's workforce and economic system.
Next, The Ad-Hoc Release and Reentry Committee of the JPRC is seeking feedback from the community about effective programs – both in the jails and in the community. As part of the conversation, we will learn more about the recent launch of a Jail-Based Job Center led by the Workforce Development Aging and Community Services (WDACS) department. You will not want to miss your opportunity to provide input on ways to improve access to reentry employment services in the community post-release.
Connections: Lost and Found
May 13th and 14th
The Intersection Between Addiction and Spiritual Connection
an interactive virtual conference hosted by the Elaine Breslow Institute at Beit T’Shuvah featuring Keynote Speaker:Johann Hari, author of the best-selling books Lost Connections and Chasing the Scream
May Narcan & Harm Reduction Training
Wednesday May 19th, 10am : https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqce-vqjkoE9Y5MB2fFMPpAa5J75fVU0gY
Thursday May 27th, 6:30pm: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpfumpqj8qHtTxl2FJR8O0Fvm6UdH0jw6P
Harm Reduction (general overview/ concepts)
Monday May 28th, 10am: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sfuutrzMsHNY2eJi2vGz43oR4pkrUcNLA
Paving the Way Wellness Event
May 21st, 2021, 10AM- 2PM
44818 Fern Ave, Lancaster CA, 93534
*COVID TESTING AVAILABLE ON SITE*
Free Community Webinar COVID-19 vaccine?
Wednesday May 26, at 6:30
Not Sure Where To Get The Vaccine?
Free walk-in Clinics, no appointment required
Pfizer Vaccine Offered To Anyone 16 And Older 2 shots, 3 weeks apart
383 N. Main Street, Pomona
Saturday May 29, 9 am - 1 pm
550 E. Second Street, Every Friday 9 am - 7 pm
State Advocacy 1-2-3 Webinar Series
The Peer Action League (PAL) State Advocacy 1-2-3 is a series of three webinars on the basics and details of how consumer peers and others can liaison at the State level in a meaningful and consequential manner for a peer-driven transformation of the California behavioral health system.
PAL State Advocacy Web #1:
Role of Peers to Key State Advisory Bodies
May 25, 2021, 1-2:30PM
PAL State Advocacy Web #2:
Function of State Legislative & Advisory Bodies
June 15, 2021, 1-2:30PM
PAL State Advocacy Web #3:
State Funding & Effective Peer Advocates
June 29, 2021, 1-2:30 PM
Alternative Crisis Response Public Convening
Wednesday, May 19 At 9:00 Am
Click Here To Join The Ms Teams Meeting
To participate via telephone only:
Dial-In: +1 323-776-6996 Meeting ID: 256 835 140#
Court Relief for Criminal Records
Last Tuesday of Each Month
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Online with Skype
Did you know that applying for court relief may reduce the barriers of a criminal conviction and make it easier to obtain a job? Attendees of this Webinar will find out how Reductions of Charges, Expungements, and Certificates of Rehabilitation may increase their opportunities for employment and job licensing. They will learn the criteria to qualify, how to apply if eligible, and be provided resources in their community that can be helpful in their rehabilitative journey. In addition, a lawyer from the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association will be present to answer questions and provide information on the free legal services they offer for eligible individuals. Offered on February 23rd. Registration required.
Community Watch Party
Every other Wednesday through May 19th. at 5pm
Join health/disability justice organization, Repair, and TILA for Creating Justice, a series of virtual discussions about racism, criminalization, and community activism. Tune in every other Wednesday through May 19th.
Each event features a virtual "watch party" of the short web episodes of the Resist docu-series, followed by community dialogue.
Legal Clinics hosted by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) and the D.O.O.R.S team
- Expungement and Early Termination of Probation Workshop: Every 1st Wednesday of the Month at 1:00pm (More Info)
- Citations/Tickers Workshop: Every 2nd Wednesday of the Month at 10:00am (More Info)
- Fair Chance Hiring Workshop: Every 4th Wednesday of the Month at 1:00pm (More Info)
The legal clinics are open to existing/active D.O.O.R.S clients as well as any person who have been system impacted and are looking to connect to legal services at the reentry center. Please note if a client is on active probation, their DPO will be required to submit a RUU referral on their behalf in order to activate legal services. DPO’s are encouraged to submit the appropriate RUU referral concurrently with recommending attendance to the legal clinics.
Questions: Call D.O.O.R.S Center reception desk at 323-730-4442
Please note: LARRP General Meetings and other events are open to the public. By attending, you consent to having your voice and likeness recorded, photographed, posted on LARRP's website and social media, and included in LARRP's materials and publications for noncommercial purposes. If you don't want to be photographed or recorded, please let the facilitator know so you can be seated accordingly.
Keep up with the Board of Supervisors meetings, motions and resources at LARRP Steering Committee member, Joseph Maizlish’s site
Participation Needed for Research Regarding Formerly Incarcerated Youth
My name is Chase Ochrach and I am a Counseling Psychology Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I would like to invite you to participate in a research study focused on how people who were incarcerated during adolescence have made sense of their experience. The study involves completing an online survey, which takes approximately 25-35 minutes to complete. Should you choose to participant in the study, you will be compensated with a $15 gift card for your time. I anticipate findings from this study can be used to improve mental health services provided to adolescents involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in, the juvenile justice system. I am hoping that findings from this study might help public officials better understand the mental health needs of people who have been impacted by juvenile justice system involvement.
For more Info, please click the anonymous link
It's time to apply for a JFLA student loan!
Limited funding is available for full time students. JFLA will be lending a maximum of $7,500 per year to full time students.. Please see the chart below for the maximum loan amount for your program. Click here to lean more about our education loans.
Current JFLA loan recipients: If you would like to re-apply for another loan, please email email@example.com. Please do not use the online application.
Defy Ventures Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Program
The Defy Ventures Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is a 14-week program for people with criminal histories who want to explore entrepreneurship and develop their small business idea into formal business concept and pitch. The program is designed for adults (18 and over) who are stable in their reentry (employed and housed), have been out of custody for at least 6 months and have time to invest in the program. There is no cost for this program.
Recruitment and Admissions Timeline:
- June 1 - 1st Virtual Info Session led by Defy Staff
- June 1 - Online Application Opens
- June 15 - 2nd Virtual Info Session led by Defy Staff
- July 12 - Classes Begin
Exciting Opportunity For Formerly Incarcerated Individuals
This summer, career exploration organization Roadtrip Nation is sending three formerly incarcerated people from various backgrounds and life experiences on a road trip to explore how they can find fulfilling work, build new skills, and create a sustainable support network.
Fueled by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and filmed for the “Roadtrip Nation” public television series, this experience will fight stigmas and showcase the tenacity it takes to navigate reentry.
If you know someone who would be perfect for this opportunity, we encourage you to nominate someone by:
1.) Having them fill out an application by April 29, 2021
2.) Telling a Roadtrip Nation team member the name of the person you nominated so we can be on the lookout for their application!
A Step to Freedom
We currently have beds available at our FSP housing site for both men and women.
TAKE THE ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION
SERVICE PROVIDER SURVEY
Your input is vital to identifying and coordinating the various systems of care within the community to match services to those in need – including mental health, substance use disorder and co-occurring disorder treatment services, as well as housing. The objective of this survey is to quantify community capacity to provide services to our neighbors (for more information, visit ati.lacounty.gov). If your organization operates more than one facility, a separate survey should be completed for each facility within Los Angeles County.
The survey is open to all services providers, regardless of size, capacity, and ability to contract with the County. We especially want to hear from smaller organizations!
COVID-19 Retraining & Recovery Fund (CORE) Scholarships
The fund offers scholarships to South LA residents whose jobs have been lost because of COVID-19. CORE will pay for enrollment and completion of in-person or online professional certification and training program that will be in high-demand as our society adapts to a new COVID-19 reality, such as healthcare and technology.
CORE will partner with local and national educational institutions to help ensure students commit and complete recertification programs paired with job placement and technical assistance services.
(Note: It is of extreme importance that under the "Supporting Documents and Recommendations" Section in the "How Did You Hear About the CORE Scholarship" you type in Yetunde Price Resource Center.)
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Community Advisory Board
Help Guide Our Homelessness Prevention Research
Women’s Foundation of California – Local Women’s Policy Institute Application
WPI-Local is an experiential, year-long fellowship open to community-based advocates from all 58 counties in California who want to address the inequities embedded in public institutions. The fellowship delivers training and tools, builds networks, and develops leadership skills to advance local policy campaigns and build power throughout the state.
To apply you will need a team of three or four collaborators and an idea for a local-level policy project that will advance racial, economic, and gender justice.
For an archive of reentry and criminal justice related news, please see our News Archive which goes back years!
System-Impacted Youth Leaders Push For LA County To Fund “Youth Justice Reimagined”
WitnessLA, May 8, 2021 by Taylor Walker
A coalition of youth leaders impacted by Los Angeles County’s criminal legal system is calling on the county’s supervisors to prioritize — and fund — Youth Justice Reimagined, an initiative the supes approved last November, as part of its mission to build a community-focused “care first, jail last” justice system.
Newsom's AG pick will test California's mood on criminal justice
Politico, By Jeremy B. White, Alexander Nieves And Richard Tzul, 05/06/2021
Rob Bonta has routinely been at odds with law enforcement, who remain powerful in California and could very well back a credible challenger.
Fair Chance Employment
An excerpt from Untapped Talent explains how second chance hiring works for both businesses and communities.
Stanford Social Innovation Review, By Jeffrey D. Korzenik May 4, 2021
Brutalized in prison and freed by Bryan Stevenson, a survivor writes his story
LA Times, By Stuart Miller, May 3, 2021
Ian Manuel was sentenced to life without parole at age 14. His 1991 photo (left) was taken at Lake Butler Reception Center on his first day in prison. After a Supreme Court decision led to his release, he wrote a memoir, ‘My Time Will Come.’
California is releasing 76K inmates early, including violent felons
KTLA5, Apr 30, 2021
With little notice, California on Saturday is increasing early release credits for 76,000 inmates, including violent and repeat felons, as it further trims the population of what once was the nation’s largest state correctional system.
SJ County loses $220 million because of old criminal records, legislation proposes relief
The Record, Laura S. Diaz April 30, 2021
A criminal reform bill is making its way through the California State Senate that could automatically seal criminal records after a person has completed 2 full years out of the criminal justice system...
...Californians for Safety and Justice estimated that San Joaquin County loses $220,000,000 a year, contributing to the state’s $20.8 billion gross domestic product loss because of old criminal records and the obstacles for individuals to reintegrate into society successfully.
Second-chance hiring is a win-win for employers and communities
The Washington Examiner, by Megan Rose, April 29, 2021
Few things are sadder than witnessing a person lose hope.
La Semana de las Víctimas del Crimen debe dirigirse a todas las sobrevivientes del crimen
LA Opinion, Susan Bustamante, 28 de Abril 2021
San Diego County district attorney moves to lift all gang injunctions
San Diego Union-Tribune, By David Hernandez , April 28, 2021
JPMorgan expands program to get jobs for people with criminal background
BankDive, by Dan Ennis, April 27, 2021
JPMorgan announced it is investing an extra $12.5 million in community organizations in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Chicago, Delaware and Nashville, Tennessee, that give training, financial health resources, legal advice and job leads to people with criminal pasts. That commitment builds on a $7 million pledge announced in 2019.
DA George Gascón, Survivors Of Violent Crime, And The Meaning Of Justice
WitnessLA, April 27, 2021 by By Trino Jimenez
I am a father, brother, husband, and a man of deep faith. I am also a survivor of a violent crime. In 1986, someone brutally murdered my brother Julio. Although the man who killed Julio was caught and held accountable, 30 years later, I had still never once cried or truly grieved over my brother’s death. Julio’s death was simply too painful to even discuss.
Then, in 2017, the Re:Store Justice program allowed me to communicate directly with the man responsible. I learned about his traumatic and violent childhood, another side of the story. It did not justify the crime, but it helped me make sense of it. Our frank communication gave me more closure than anything the criminal justice system delivered.
The Facts on Marijuana Equity and Decriminalization
Center for American Progress By Akua Amaning, April 20, 2021
Why it’s time to end the federal criminalization of marijuana
Decriminalization refers to the elimination of criminal penalties for the use, possession, or sale of drugs. There are many legitimate reasons to support the decriminalization of marijuana, but the prime motivating factor for many is to redress the injustices caused by decades of harsh enforcement of marijuana crimes—particularly against people of color.
Policing Los Angeles: The Forces At Work And The Scope Of Their Power
There's LAPD and LASD — and 70 more(!) police departments operating in Los Angeles County.
The LAist By Frank Stoltze , Gina Pollack and Brianna Lee, Apr 20, 2021
CA Bill To “Sunset” Old Convictions Approved By Senate Public Safety Committee, LA County Supes May Vote To Support The Bill
WitnessLA, April 16, 2021 by Taylor Walker
MAT Often Not an Option for Opioid Users in Justice System
— Medicaid expansion seems to have helped, but not a lot
by Kara Grant, Enterprise & Investigative Writer, MedPage Today April 16, 2021
Criminal justice populations were significantly less likely to receive medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) -- such as methadone and buprenorphine -- even with the increased access brought about by Medicaid expansion in certain states, a recent study found.
‘2020 was a tinderbox’: murders rose in US neighborhoods of color last year
The Guardian, by Weihua Li and Beth Schwartzapfel of the Marshall Project, 8 Apr, 2021
A strained social safety net, rising tensions and mistrust between police and communities of color played part, experts say.
Despite a statewide stay-at-home order, Los Angeles recorded 332 killings in 2020, a precipitous jump – 95 more lives lost to murder than the year before.
When typical middle school antics mean suspensions, handcuffs or jail
The Hechinger Report: by Levi Pulkkinen, April 8, 2021
Middle school remains a key entry point to the criminal justice system, especially for Black, Latino and Native students and those with disabilities
LA County could close Men’s Central Jail within 2 years, report says
Los Angeles Daily News, By Ryan Carter March 30, 2021
But the report notes concern that alternatives to incarceration are still evolving, and funding is not easy.