RE-IMAGINE LA - MEASURE J MEETINGS
The Time to be heard is NOW!
We need your voices at the table.
Be the change that you seek, and show up to these meetings.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS:
March 18th, April 1st & 15th, May 20th, June 17th
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MEASURE J SUBCOMMITTEES:
- Economic Opportunity and Sustainability - Mondays at 4 pm: February 22nd and March 1st, 8th, 15th ZOOM LINK
- Diversion, Behavioral Health - Tuesdays at 4 pm: February 16th, 23rd and March 2nd, 9th ZOOM LINK
- Education Access and Youth Development - Tuesdays at 6 pm: February 16th, 23rd and March 2nd, 9th ZOOM LINK
- HousingWednesdays at 4 pm: February 17th, 24th and March 3rd, 10th ZOOM LINK
- Reentry Wednesdays at 6 pm: February 17th, 24th and March 3rd and 10th ZOOM LINK
Measure J subcommittees are open to anyone who wishes to join. The subcommittees will be led by co-chairs, one of whom has already been selected from the Advisory Committee. Nominations and voting for the remaining co-chair positions will occur during the first subcommittee meeting. The remaining co-chair positions are open to the public. We encourage your participation!
LARRP Committee Meetings
Next meeting: March 17th, 2021, 2:00 pm
March General Meeting
March 18, 2021, 10:00 AM
Watch the recording of the amazing Feb. General Meeting!!
- LARRP Voices From Impacted People - Steven Hensley| LARRP Leadership Academy
- Executive Director Report - Troy Vaughn | LARRP
- LA DA Platform for 2021 - George Gascón | Los Angeles County District Attorney
- LARRP Member Feature - Simone Berry | Phoenix
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
March 18, 2021
4:00PM- 5:30 PM
April 5, 2021, 1:00 pm
Racism, Policing, the Pandemic and Beyond
Community Build Days of Dialogue
Feb 27, 2021 11:00 AM
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.
The State of California’s Children & Youth in the COVID Era
Friday, March 5, 2021 9 A.M. – 1 P.M. PST
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Tony Thurmond State Superintendent of Public Instruction
An annual symposium focused on the state of children in our state. This year, a year after stay-at-home orders were issued, we not only want to highlight the impact of the pandemic, but focus on public policy solutions that promote child well-being with a focus on our four policy areas: education equity, health equity, juvenile justice and economic justice.
Storycatchers Theatre Gala
March 5 and 6
4 PM PST each day
Storycatchers Theatre, a Chicago-based nonprofit that works with youth in the juvenile justice system, invites you to the IMAGINE TRANSFORMATION Virtual Gala. This online event will generate awareness and support of our trauma-informed performing arts programs for detained, incarcerated, and post-release youth. As online guests, you will experience the impact of the work Storycatchers creates – beautiful, moving songs based on youth stories. We will share examples of what transformation means for the young people in our programming, for their parents, and for juvenile justice advocates from across Illinois.
Free Dental Care for Everyone!
To Register call: 323-730-1920
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
Free Fitness with LARRP Partner The Phoenix
The Phoenix takes a new approach to recovery by fostering healing through fitness and personal connection. We offer activities for everyone – from weightlifting and boxing to running, hiking, and yoga.
Click Here to find a live class near you
Facebook Link for the full schedule
"All of us or None" is putting together a coalition to manage the California work of abolition - Abolishing Bondage Collectively (ABC). As the year progresses, we will be rolling out a comprehensive strategy, engaging the media and influencers, lawmakers and other entities, and centering your voice around this issue. We would welcome your full participation in the coalition. It will take all of us working together and sharing resources to finally eliminate this vestige of slavery. Please sign up for the ABC coalition and join the fight for freedom today. Register
Measure H Funding
Your Voice Matters!
As we plan the Measure H budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2021-2022, you are invited to join the movement and share your ideas for making the most of this funding to help our vulnerable neighbors and to make our communities better for everyone.
February 4, 2021 – Start of the first 3-week Public Comment Period.
DAAC Looking for folks affected by the criminal-legal system
As you may know, the District Attorney Accountibility Coaltion (DAAC) is working on a project to counter the negative backlash LADA’s progressive reforms have received. We will make a series of 1 to 2 minute videos addressing the Los Angeles District Attorney’s new progressive directives to share on social media and websites.
We are still seeking individuals who may be able to address the following issues:
- Victims’ services—Victims of a violent crime who would have benefitted from the services in the link
- Victims who support the other reforms/directives
- Misdemeanors—An individual who was charged with trespass, disturbing the peace, driving without a license, criminal threats, drug or paraphernalia possession, minor in possession of alcohol, drinking in public, under the influence, public intoxication, loitering, loitering to commit prostitution, or resisting arrest AND suffered long-term impacts.
- Bail—Someone who was held in jail for a minor crime because he or she was unable to pay cash bail.
If you or anyone you know may be willing to appear in a short video addressing any of the issues listed above, please contact Megan at email@example.com or (415) 424-7517.
AV Transitional Housing Program for adult males with qualified housing vouchers.
Olive Support Services is now accepting applications for February move-in. Please send referrals our way. Pleas contact us with any questions at 818-679-9166.
Mental Health First Aid Training
Olive Support Services is happy to announce our free upcoming training in Mental Health First Aid. A certificate is issued upon successful completion of this virtual training
Co-operative Education and Development (CEAD) ONLINE Workshops
February - April 2021
Collective REMAKE will offer two series of ONLINE workshops on Saturday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. Workshops are open to individuals directly impacted by incarceration. Participants are supported with a small stipend.
Applications Now Available! (Click Here)
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!
For an archive of reentry and criminal justice related news, please see our News Archive which goes back years!
Families of prisoners hospitalized with COVID-19 say they’re not notified until too late
LA Times, By Leila Miller, Feb. 28, 2021
Santos Ruiz, 41, said the state correctional system waited two weeks to tell him that his father, an inmate at San Quentin, had been hospitalized with COVID-19, and by that time it was unlikely his dad would recover.
How to help someone coming out of the criminal justice system
PBS Newshour, by Casey Kuhn, Nation Feb 26, 2021
LARRP is one of the organizations mentioned in this piece by PBS Newshour about reentry nationwide.
Sheriff’s Department reform in Antelope Valley has lagged for years, court monitors say
LA Times, By Leila Miller, Feb. 25, 2021
Myesha Lopez does not know whether the L.A. County sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed her father last June is still patrolling Lancaster’s streets.
“I plead for months and to no avail. I haven’t received any information,” Lopez said. “I haven’t received condolences.”
Black Lives Matter-L.A. launches campaign against law enforcement unions
LA Times, By David Zahniser , Feb. 25, 2021
Organizers with Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles launched a campaign Wednesday targeting two of Southern California’s biggest police unions, saying they will push to have them ejected from the powerful Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and ultimately disbanded.
Activists said they intend to stage protests every week outside the headquarters of the Police Protective League, the union that represents roughly 9,800 Los Angeles police officers, while also working to end that group’s status as a labor union.
Police Want Larry Krasner Gone, So They’re Backing His Opponent
The Intercept, Akela Lacy, February 24 2021
The Philadelphia race will test whether reformist district attorneys can survive opposition from groups that see them as a threat to the status quo.
AS LARRY KRASNER, Philadelphia’s reformist district attorney, faces his first reelection challenge, the city’s law enforcement groups have coalesced around a former homicide prosecutor whom Krasner fired when he entered office in 2018.
He wants to kick Jim Crow out of the California Constitution
LA Times By Maria L. La Ganga, Feb. 24, 2021
Dorsey Nunn, who spent 11 years in prison for murder, is now runs an advocacy group called Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
Meet George Gascón, the Rogue Prosecutor Whose Policies Are Wreaking Havoc in Los Angeles
The Heritage Foundation Feb 24th, 2021,
Commentary By Charles "Cully" Stimson, Senior Legal Fellow & Manager, National Security Law Program and Zack Smith, Legal Fellow, Meese Center
LA County Supes Take Next Steps In Effort To Decriminalize Mental Health Crises
Witness LA, February 24, 2021, by Taylor Walker
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed two motions to improve mental health crisis response in LA County.
Through the first motion, the county will co-sponsor AB 988, a bill to adopt “988” as an alternative to calling “911” for mental health emergency services.
Because this system will not be in place until summer 2022, Supervisor Hahn introduced a second motion focused on “doing something now” to address the fact that the county has “too many call centers that basically exist in silos and operate separately from each other.”
Column: Years ago, I applauded the 40-year sentence for a shooter at a party. Now I’m rethinking things
LATimes, By Sandy Banks, Feb. 19, 2021
Local Spending on Jails Tops $25 Billion in Latest Nationwide Data
Costs increased despite falling crime and fewer people being admitted to jail
Pew Charitable Trust, ISSUE BRIEF, January 29, 2021
They Called for Help. They’d Always Regret It
The Atlantic, Story by Sarah Shourd, Jan 30, 2021
Two families called 911 to get help for their sons. They didn’t know that they’d be thrusting them into a complex and often brutal system
Editorial: What California needs in a new attorney general
By The LA Times Editorial Board
Feb. 12, 2021
California stills lacks an attorney general ready to lead a responsible and effective transformation of the criminal justice system.
Op-Ed: What two California recall efforts say about criminal justice reform
LA Times, FEB. 4, 2021. By Patrisse Cullors
I Got Covid at Rikers. I’m Still Suffering.
What happened in prisons during this pandemic is criminal.
NYTimes, Feb. 4, 2021, By Michele Evans
Ms. Evans is a former software engineer. She was incarcerated at Rikers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Editorial: L.A. County voters elected George Gascón to change the criminal justice system. Let him do it
By the LA Times Editorial Board, Jan. 28, 2021
,,,after voters opted for Gascón’s vision of criminal justice reform, and after he issued a set of directives on his first day in office to put his reform policies into effect, the deputies’ labor union went to court to block him. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. Although the union — the Los Angeles Assn. of Deputy District Attorneys — is not challenging the election itself, it’s trying to forestall its practical effect...
They wanted to bring a sneaker shop to South L.A. Then their dream got bigger
An LAtimes article about LARRP Member Akil West
As Biden Dumps For Profit Prisons With New Exec Order, 100 Criminal Justice Leaders — Including LA DA George Gascón & A List Of Other Prosecutors — Urge POTUS To End Death Penalty
WitnessLA, January 27, 2021, by Celeste Fremon
As LA Moves Toward Closing Men’s Central Jail, County Supes Vote To Move Toward Building A Restorative Justice Village
WitnessLA, January 26, 2021, by Taylor Walker
The Sentencing Project, Jan. 22, 2021, by Nazgol Ghandnoosh
Following a nearly 700% increase between 1972 and 2009, the U.S. prison population declined 11% in the subsequent 10 years. At this rate of decline it will take 57 years — until 2078 — to cut the prison population in half
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.