Submit Comment for SB 57
There's an exciting and timely update on the Overdose Prevention Program (OPP) legislation, SB 57 (Wiener). We have been working with LA Board of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Supervisor Hilda Solis and other county department heads to get LA County to support the bill and get LA County into SB 57 at the state level. The bill was introduced in December with LA County as one of the jurisdictions included in SB 57. To formalize this process, the LA Board of Supervisors (LA BOS) will hear a motion to support LA County being amended into SB 57 (Wiener) at the January 26 LA BOS hearing. We need your support to get this over the finish line for LA County and ask that you join us and show your support today:
- Submit a written comment to the LA BOS, in support of Agenda Item 10 HERE
- Contact the LA BOS directly via email to communicate your support to have LA County amended into SB 57 (Wiener)
- Call in on January 26th and tell the board why LA county should be included in the bill and have the possibility to pilot an OPP
LARRP Employment and Integrated Health Committees have requested that we post these two time sensitive action items
Strengthen strengthens the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T)
Please sign onto an America Forward support letter by Wednesday next week for a new bipartisan bill that will soon be introduced in the U.S. House, that strengthens the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) by making the program more outcomes oriented and effective.
LARRP Committee Meetings
LARRP General Meeting -
Next meeting February 18, 2021, 10:00 am
Watch the recording of the January Meeting:
- LARRP Voices From Impacted People - LARRP Leadership Academy
- Executive Director Report 2021 - Troy Vaughn | LARRP
- CCJBH Program - Brenda Grealish | CCJBH
- 2021 Platforms & memberships - Issue Committees | LARRP
- Challenge Report Deborah Kanter | Challenger Transformation
Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
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February 1, 2021, 1:00 pm
Next meeting, Feb 18, 2021, 4:00 PM
Next meeting: March 17th, 2021, 2:00 pm
Next Meeting- Thursday, March 18, 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
Los Angeles County Alternatives to Incarceration Initiative Convening
(The Convening has been rescheduled to Wednesday, January 27, 2021 so as not to coincide with the Presidential Inauguration.)
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Please mute your phone or computer when joining the meeting to reduce background noise.
Drug Policy Alliance Webinar
Jan 28, 2021 11:30 AM
Negative Illness Feedbacks: High‐frisk Policing Reduces Civilian Reliance on Hospital Emergency Department Services
Cannabis, Equity, & Racial Justice: Virtual Convenings
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) would like to invite you to a virtual convening series on cannabis policy, equity and racial justice. As you will see in the registration form, there are sessions dedicated to several key issue areas in cannabis policy, including a session on the Prop 64 grant programs, trauma-informed practice and economic equity. Please consider joining for one or more of the sessions.
- Session #4: The Status of EQUITY in California’s Marijuana Industry and Policies: January 26th, 10:00 to 11:00 am
- Session #5: Local Cannabis Tax Revenues: Threat and Opportunity: January 28th, 10:00 to 11 am
- Session #6: The Cannabis Industry, Equity and Public Health: February 2nd, 10:00 to 11 am
- Session #7: Building People Power and Coalitions to Advance Equity and Racial Justice: February 4th, 10:00 to 11:30 am
- Session #8: Advancing Healing-Centered and Trauma-informed Approaches: February 9th, 10:00 to 11:30 am
LA County Workforce Development Board Local Planning
Your voice will help us modernize the workforce development system for Los Angeles County, so we are seeking your input at our upcoming local plan stakeholder engagement meetings. These meetings will begin on January 8, 2021 and end on February 5, 2021.
Sector Clusters & Career Pathways
Friday, January 22, 2021
10AM to 12PM PST
The Digital Divide
Friday, February 5, 2021
10AM to 12PM PST
The Intersection of Sex Work & Substance Use Disorders
February 10 12 - 1:30pm
Soma Snakeoil of theSidewalk Project Join us for a discussion on the spectrum of sex work, intersectionality with SUDs, and how to support the community.
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
Centralized Training Academy
Homeless Health Care Los Angeles and LAHSA will be launching additional cohorts of our Care Coordination and System Navigation Training, Applied Care Coordination & System Navigation, and Supervisory trainings, along with topical modules for Boundaries and Ethics, Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed Care, and Working with Challenging Behaviors. These trainings serve to increase the capacity of homeless service providers operating within the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (LA CoC) through the provision of foundational training and professional development for direct service staff as they enter and continue to work within the homeless services sector.
Registration for all trainings will go LIVE at 8:00 AM PST on Tuesday, January 26th on the LAHSA Centralized Training Academy website: HERE
Each course will be listed under either the "Care Coordination and Systems Navigation" or "Essential Skills" tabs on the left-hand menu
Project Place is a free monthly listing of rental properties for low-income, senior, and veteran residents throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Information on COVID-19 renter protections, rental assistance, and transitional housing is also included.
Uncuffed, wants to speak with people who were recently incarcerated in CDCR prisons. Compensation will be $50 per participant. For an application or more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Goodwill 2nd Chance Program
We can help you find and maintain sustainable employment through our no-cost 2nd Chance Re-Entry Program, which helps individuals successfully transition back into the workforce.
Contact us today! Goodwill Workforce Services 130 Lombard Street, Oxnard, CA 93030 (805) 981-0130 email@example.com
LARRP Partner - Commissary Club is new Social Network for formerly Incarcerated People
Y Combinator-backed employment platform 70 Million Jobs is launching a new social network geared toward helping formerly incarcerated individuals connect with each other. While 70 Million Jobs focuses on helping people with criminal records find jobs, Commissary Club wants to serve as a place for folks to find community.
Defy Ventures Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Program
Defy Bootcamp Info SheetA 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:
- January 26, 6-7 pm - 1st Virtual Info Session led by Defy Staff
- February 1 - Online Application Opens
- February 9, 6-7 pm - 2nd Virtual Info Session led by Defy Staff
- March 1 - Classes Begin
NIC announces new e-courses around correctional healthcare
The National Institute of Corrections is excited to announce three new e-courses around correctional healthcare and infection control, prevention and response - now available in its Learning Center! Information about each course and the respective learning objectives are outlined below:
- Role of the Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator
- Principles of Infection Control and Prevention
- Corrections Outbreak Response
Developed by subject matter experts and leaders in infection control in correctional environments, these e-Courses provide practitioners with additional resources and training, supplementing the training that their home agencies make available. NIC’s eLearning opportunities allow busy correctional practitioners to learn at a pace that is comfortable for them – anytime, anywhere!
Youth Empowerment Project
LARRP Partner, Tarzana Treatment Center, has a new program. It will provide diversion services to SFV youth referred through diversion programs at LAUSD schools, LAC Probation Department, Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD), and Juvenile Drug Treatment Court (JDTC). They are also looking to recruit participants through referrals, from the community, and word of mouth!
Diversion services will include onsite screening, intake and assessment, intensive case management, cognitive behavioral group therapy, pro-social enrichment activities, workshops, and more! One of the main goals of the project is to provide youth with the support, services, and skills they need to be successful in the program and beyond to avoid involvement with the juvenile justice system. We want to instill youth with not only anti-recidivism resources but also connections that they can use as they navigate young adulthood.
If you think you may have youth who would benefit from this program or would like to learn more about what we are offering, please contact Celinia Lopez at 818-996-1051 ext. 1416 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Dignity and Power Now Reentry and Anti-Recidivism Guide:
Twenty-one pages listing about fifty programs and organizations, community-based and governmental, offering a variety of support such as housing, health/mental health, financial support and planning, employment.
Free Training Opportunities from HHCLA and LAHSA!
Homeless Health Care Los Angeles’ Training and Education Department will offer three separate curricula through the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s Centralized Training Academy:
- Curriculum I: Care Coordination and Systems Navigation
(Intended for Entry Level and Newly Hired Staff)
- Curriculum II: Applied Care Coordination and Systems Navigation
(Intended for Mid-Level Direct Service Staff)
- Curriculum III: Supervisory Training for Homeless Service Providers (Intended for Supervisory Staff)
Each curriculum will be comprised of 35 hours of training. Each day will host 7 hours of training. Curriculum I will take place over the span of 5 consecutive business days, while Curricula II and III will meet once every two weeks (holidays providing). Trainees who attend all 5 modules of a curriculum will be awarded a Certificate of Completion unique to that curriculum.
Upsolve is a nonprofit web app that helps low-income Americans who can't afford a lawyer get a financial fresh start by filing for bankruptcy protection on their own. Upsolve helps people erase crushing debts. Thousands of people use Upsolve to recover from medical bills, credit card debt, and layoffs.
To learn more, check out Upsolve's guide to filing bankruptcy for free in California.
For an archive of reentry and criminal justice related news, please see our News Archive which goes back years!
Added To Fears Of Getting The Virus, Some Incarcerated People Find COVID-19 Extends Their Prison Sentences
WitnessLA, January 21, 2021, by Linsdey Van Ness
Black Lawmakers Dig Into History of Inequality in Criminal Justice System
Sacramento Observer, January 21, 2021 by CBM Newswire
Two Black lawmakers, Sen. Steve Bradford (D-Gardena) and Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), made history last month when they were both appointed Public Safety Committee chairpersons in their respective chambers of the California legislature.
....Overall, Bradford and Jones-Sawyer told members of the press, mainly from southern California, that they will concentrate on legislation that emphasizes rehabilitation, economics and education over incarceration, the closure of private prisons, and establishing a police culture that is transparent....
Prosecutors From All Over U.S. Support District Attorney Gascón Against Attempt To Shut Down LA DA’s Promised Justice Reforms
WitnessLA, January 20, 2021 by Celeste Fremon
...Are George Gascón’s reforms really unlawful and a threat to public safety? A group of 65 prosecutors — working and retired — from all over the U.S. have said no and no.
This broad group of prosecutors expressed their views in the form of an Amicus Brief in support of Gascón and his team in the legal conflict, which is to be heard on February 2, 2021 in the court of Judge James C. Chalfant.
Illinois Will End Cash Bail — And Limit Use Of High-Tech Incarceration
Reformers typically propose predictive algorithms and electronic monitoring as alternatives to money bail. Illinois is different.
The Intercept, Isaac ScherIsaac Scher, January 17 2021
Ryan Gattis reveals how LA’s crime, courts and policing fuel thriller ‘The System’
Orange County Register By Liz Ohanesian, January 7, 2021
The latest book from South Los Angeles-based author Ryan Gattis is a thriller, but it also delves into the impact of incarceration.
“Incarceration is never something that simply affects one person,” says Gattis. “It affects everybody who loves them and impacts finances and everything else. It becomes a hardship, not just economically, but emotionally and even spiritually.”
‘Shocking’ look at legalization: Equity doesn’t extend to arrests
The Leaf Online, by WCL News Service
Two groundbreaking reports and a documentary project released in the summer show the history of racial injustice in cannabis policy and how cannabis revenues are feeding the expansion of law enforcement across the state of California. As feared, these numbers show that racism is alive and flourishing in state and local police enforcement.
California to phase out Division of Juvenile Justice, creating an opportunity for substantial reform
KOLD News 13 Arizona, By Kiara Quaranta, January 7, 2021
See how the rest of the US watches California....
25 California prisons have logged more than 1,000 infections. None are in the first wave of vaccinations.
NYTimes, January 3, 2021
California’s prison system, which has been exceptionally hard-hit by the coronavirus, has started vaccinating some inmates — but none so far at the 25 prisons that have been most overwhelmed by infections, including San Quentin, Avenal State Prison and the California Institution for Men.
Some Prisons, Local Jails Close Amid COVID-19 Spread
By Crime and Justice News, Jan 2, 2021
These ‘rogue’ deputies were fired. So how did the Jump Out Boys win back their badges?
LA Times, By Waylon Cunningham, Jan. 1, 2021
Celebrities, cash and questions:
A new force roils the cannabis prisoner-release movement
The Last Prisoner Project brings fund-raising heft to a long-starved cause, but its fellow advocates say it isn’t necessarily a team player.
Politico, By Mona Zhang, 12/30/2020
Note: LARRP is frequently mentioned in this article
LA Association Of Deputy District Attorneys Files New Lawsuit That Aims To Reverse Many Of DA George Gascón’s Reforms
WitnessLA, by Celeste Fremon, December 30, 2020
On Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles Association of Deputy District Attorneys filed a lawsuit, along with an application for a temporary restraining order.
Prosecutors union asks courts to stop new L.A. District Attorney George Gascón’s policies
LA Daily News By Emily Rasmussen, December 30, 2020
The union representing Los Angeles County prosecutors filed a lawsuit against District Attorney George Gascón on Wednesday, Dec. 30, asking the courts to stop some of the directives he has asked prosecutors to follow.
DA Gascón's Push For Shorter Prison Terms Runs Into Resistance From Judges, Prosecutors
LAist, By Frank Stoltze, December 28, 2020
In office less than a month, L.A. County District Attorney George Gascón has brought dramatic changes into the criminal courts with his progressive agenda. In his biggest move so far, he has directed prosecutors to seek shorter prison sentences for most criminal defendants by eliminating sentencing enhancements.
While winning plaudits from some quarters, the new policy has run into opposition from some of Gascón's deputy DA's and some judges. Some prosecutors reportedly are not making a forceful case to drop enhancements, and in at least a handful of cases judges have refused their requests.
Former Tempe, NFL star Tank Johnson leads fight against private prisons
Cronkite News, Shane Dieffenbach, Dec 29, 2020
LOS ANGELES – Being locked up was supposed to be a punishment for Terry “Tank” Johnson. It also turned out to be an awakening.
Los Angeles County Supervisors Hire Reform-Minded New Chief To Lead LA’s Still-Troubled Probation Dept.
WitnessLA, December 22, 2020 by Celeste Fremon
After much searching, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has reportedly just hired a brand new chief to run the nation’s largest, and arguably most complicated probation department. His name is Adolfo Gonzales.