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We are reaching out to our network with two very important requests for support. LARRP's network is our strength, and your participation in the policy process is one of the greatest tools we have to advocate for these important goals.

Action needed by Tuesday June 22nd

  • Call and/or write to the Supervisors to secure funding for the closing of the Men's Central Jail.
  • Submit a letter of support to the Legislature for SB 731, Sunsetting Criminal Records

For detailed instructions, please click the button below

LARRP LEADERS Graduation!!!

Jun 25, 2021 03:00 PM

LARRP is very proud to announce our first cohort Graduation Ceremony 2021 for the LEADERS Training Academy.
We are excited to show the network these incredible 12 LEADERS who have exemplified what it is to be a leader in our community and will continue to lead by example.

Come join us to celebrate these 12 amazing individuals and shine a light on them for being our first cohort LARRP LEADERS!

Upcoming Events

LARRP Committee Meetings

July General Meeting

July 15, 2021
10:00 AM

Education Committee:

JUNE MEETING CANCELLED! 

July 15, 2021
4:00PM- 5:30 PM

Housing Committee:

Thursday, July 15, 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

See a Recording of MAY meeting HERE   Passcode: c4^#=8Q#

And click button beloe to register for June Meeting

Employment Committee

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

 

Integrated Health:

July 5, 2021
1:00 pm

Partner Events

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 #2:
Function of State Legislative & Advisory Bodies
June 15, 2021, 1-2:30PM
Register

PAL State Advocacy Web #3:
State Funding & Effective Peer Advocates
June 29, 2021, 1-2:30 PM
Register

ATI Public Convening

Wednesday, June 16 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#

Agenda to come.

ATI/Alternative Crisis Response Meeting

Wednesdays 6/16, 8/18, 10/20, 12/15
9-10:30am

CLICK to Join MS Meetings

Measure J Reimagine LA Advisory Committee

Thursdays  6/17, 8/19, 10/21, 12/16
from 4-6pm
Protect Prison Mail!

Thursday, June 17, 11:00 am (PT)

Prison mail is under attack. Under a program called MailGuard, incarcerated people are being deprived of letters, cards, and photos sent by their friends and loved ones. Run by a private company called Smart Communications, MailGuard is devastating to incarcerated people, especially people with disabilities. The program severely affects the well-being of people while they are locked up, as well as their prospects for a healthy reentry to society.

At this virtual event, you’ll learn about how JDI is fighting these mail restrictions — and how you can help.

REGISTER

SECOND CHANCE VIRTUAL JOB FAIR homeless and re-entry individuals

Hosted by The Pomona Valley Comprehensive AJCC and the Rio Hondo Comprehensive AJCC

Thursday, June 17th
2:00 to 4:00 pm.

15 employers or more will be available to offer full and part time employment in logistics, manufacturing, construction, and the hospitality sectors.

REGISTER HERE

WEBINAR: Nonprofits can get up to $33,000 per employee using the Employee Retention Tax Credit –

Friday, June 18th from 11am - 11:45am

This is a quick, 45-minute webinar to answer these questions:

  • Does my organization qualify?
  • About how much money can we claim?
  • What are the next steps for applying?

It won't be a comprehensive step-by-step guide, but you'll know the basics of whether and how you should move forward.

REGISTER

Webinar and launch of the interactive tool,
the Justice Equity Services Index

Tuesday, June 22 at 11:00 AM PT

Before the development of the Justice Equity Services Index (JESI), policymakers and advocates only had anecdotal and lived-experience insights to assess the local landscape of community-based providers. With the launch of the JESI, we supplement that with a data-driven view of justice-related, care-first levels of service capacity broken into four unique component areas: health and wellness, housing and employment, prevention and intervention, and community service and advocacy.

Experts from th Advancement Project's Research & Data Analysis and Equity in Community Investments teams will join featured guest speakers – who for years have been working to move L.A. County toward a care first, jail last future.

REGISTER

LARRP LEADERS Graduation!!!

Jun 25, 2021 03:00 PM

LARRP is very proud to announce our first cohort Graduation ceremony 2021 for the LEADERS Training Academy.
We are excited to show the network these incredible 12 LEADERS that have exemplified what it is to be a Leader in our community and will continue to lead by example.
Come join us to celebrate these 12 amazing individuals and shine a light on them for being our first Cohort LARRP LEADERS!
LA Coalition for DA Justice and Accountability Meeting

Fourth Thursdays of the month,
4-6 PM

ZOOM LINK

 

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.

 

More info and register

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

D.O.O.R.S Orientation

Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 AM

CLICK to Download Flyer

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.

Get Involved!

County government

Keep up with the Board of Supervisors meetings, motions and resources at LARRP Steering Committee member, Joseph Maizlish’s site

For a complete listing of all the opportunities and information
CLICK HERE

A Restorative Conversation Toolkit

This toolkit was compiled by nuri nusrat and designed by Danbee Kim (https://ooristudio.com). This toolkit is for anyone who wants to practice talking about conflict, things that are hard to talk about, things that hurt, in an attempt to: 1. understand the person in front of you; 2. address the impacts of harm, mutual harms, conflicts and more; 3. support those impacted in getting what they need to move forward in a way that supports their healing

CLICK HERE for the Toolkit

Project Place: Monthly Rental Listing June 2021

Los Angeles & Ventura County Affordable Housing Opportunities

DOWNLOAD HERE

CALL HRC'S HOUSING RIGHTS HOTLINE:
1(800) 477-5977 TTY (213) 201-0867

Homeless healthcare Los Angeles Case Management Training

Modules are once a week for nine consecutive weeks. Please review dates carefully before registering.


Cohort 64 launching June 22nd!

Module 01 - June 22. 2021
Module 02 & 03 - June 29, 2021
Module 04 - July 6, 2021
Module 05 - July 13, 2021
Module 06 - July 20, 2021
Module 07 - July 27, 2021
Module 08 - August 3, 2021
Module 09 - August 10, 2021
Module 10 - August 17, 2021

REGISTER and More Info

Cohort 65 launching June 23rd!

Module 01 - June 23. 2021
Module 02 & 03 - July 1 2021
Module 04 - July 8, 2021
Module 05 - July 15, 2021
Module 06 - July 22, 2021
Module 07 - July 29, 2021
Module 08 - August 5, 2021
Module 09 - August 12, 2021
Module 10 - August 19, 2021

REGISTER and More Info

Bright Prospect is open for recruitment

Bright Prospect is a FREE, non-profit, college-access program founded and based in Pomona. Since 2002, we have worked with PUSD students starting in 9th grade all the way until they graduate from college!

Bright Prospect is open for recruitment for students that will enter 9th or 10th grade in the fall in PUSD. The Bright Prospect Interest Form to register your student can be found here: 

Become an Initiate Justice Outside Organizer!

The Institute of Impacted Leaders is a 12-week organizing and leadership training for people who have been directly impacted by mass incarceration.

If you are in San Diego, Bakersfield, San Jose, and Santa Barbara, apply now!

Deadline to apply: June 18th

L.A. County releases daily jail ‘dashboard’

[Click image to view the online decarceration dashboard.]

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday released detailed data on the county jail population. Published in partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice, the jail “dashboard” is expected to be updated daily to help policymakers, advocates and researchers better understand the race, case status and incidence of mental illness — among other characteristics — of the people held behind bars.

View the website

Help support and improve California's Reentry Programs
Volunteer for a Reentry Program Research Study

To participate or for more information, please contact Bill Curtis, Ed.D. Candidate, American College of Education wmcurtis@umich.edu

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.

Apply Today!

Current JFLA loan recipients: If you would like to re-apply for another loan, please email info@jfla.org. 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

More Info: quan@defyventures.org
Apply here: https://forms.gle/RCz33SY8mCec8Nzs9

A Step to Freedom

We currently have beds available at our FSP housing site for both men and women.

www.asteptofreedom.org

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.)

More Info

News

For an archive of reentry and criminal justice related news, please see our News Archive which goes back years!
Bill Bratton on Police Reform: ‘Let’s Do It Right This Time’

The Crime Report, By Joe Domanick, June 15, 2021

In a wide-ranging conversation with TCR, Bratton discusses the hard-won lessons from his own career about dealing with the political pressures that influence police strategy, the continuing legacy of racism in U.S. law enforcement, and why the police are the “central thread” in criminal justice reform.

READ MORE

Interrupting the Cycle of Incarceration for Individuals with Mental Illness-

An Analysis of LA County’s Rapid Diversion Program

Report by By Jess Bendit, Joshua Segui, Courtney B. Taylor & Rachel Vogt

READ THE REPORT

No Latino judges in these majority-Latino California counties

California News Times, June 8, 2021, By rRhonda Rhymes, CalMatters

....Coulsa is one of four majority-Latino California counties — along with Kings, Madera, and Merced — with no Latino judges in any superior courtrooms. Latino representation on the bench in three of those counties has not improved much since the state began collecting judicial diversity data 14 years ago. And the fourth, Kings — which had one Latino judge in 2007 — is back down to zero.

Read More

Bias in Conventional Hiring Tools: Understanding the Status Quo

Pymetrics by Sara Kassir, June 9, 2021

 

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Column: How the LAPD got this way and five concrete ways it needs to change

LA Times By Sandy Banks, Columnist, May 27, 2021

READ the Article

Column: The people who clean skid row find needles, rats, the occasional corpse — and deep gratitude

LA Times By Steve Lopez | Photography by Francine Orr, May 22, 2021


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Boudin and Gascón Share Their Perceptions of Crime with Reason Magazine

Reason magazine, By Paige Laver, May 21, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorneys Chesa Boudin in San Francisco and George Gascón in Los Angeles discussed the unfolding crime rates throughout California and the best ways to stop it with Reason Magazine this week.

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Women with Lived Experience in the Criminal Legal System Must Lead the Way

Vera Institute of Justice, by Kimberly Haven, Guest Writer, May 21, 2021

Women represent the fastest growing segment of our prison population and are incarcerated at twice the rate of men. This phenomenon has required advocates like me to seize opportunities to change perceptions and bring about authentic systemic change.

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L.A. County releases daily jail ‘dashboard’

by The Antelope Valley Times Staff • May 19, 2021

[Click image to view the online decarceration dashboard.]

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday released detailed data on the county jail population. Published in partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice, the jail “dashboard” is expected to be updated daily to help policymakers, advocates and researchers better understand the race, case status and incidence of mental illness — among other characteristics — of the people held behind bars.

View the website

The Police Union Failed Miserably in Its Attempt to Beat Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner

The Nation, By John Nichols, May 19, 2021

Across the country, police unions are trying to defeat progressive reformers. Tuesday’s hotly contested election shows voters remain committed to changing an unjust system.

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L.A. County Cutting Hidden Costs of Incarceration

LA Progressive, by Jeremy Loudenback, 5/18/2021

Following impassioned testimony from more than a dozen advocates for incarcerated people and their families, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to come up with a plan that would ban expensive collect calls and markups on commissary items in jails and juvenile detention facilities.

Supervisor Hilda Solis, who authored the motion, said the vote recognizes the impact incarceration has had on communities of color during the COVID-19 pandemic, when more than a million calls were made from L.A. County jails — at a cost of $20 million to the families and friends of the incarcerated.

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Mission president changing the face of Skid Row

The Wave, May 13, 2021, By Shirley Hawkins

LOS ANGELES — For seven years, Troy Vaughn’s home was in a cardboard box on Los Angeles’ Skid Row.

“I lived in and out of the streets, sleeping in cardboard boxes periodically,” Vaughn said. “I was in and out of shelters, cars, and missions — anywhere just to find a place to sleep.”

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The California Prosecutors Who Want to Keep People Out of Jail

The Nation, By Sasha Abramsky, May 17, 2021

In the state that once pioneered the punitive Three Strikes policy, a coalition of recently elected district attorneys is pushing back against mass incarceration.

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Inside George Gascon’s justice revolution, a debate over what it is to be a crime victim

LA Times, By James Queally, Joe Mozingo, May 16, 2021

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New Publication – Improving Outcomes for Individuals with Sex Offenses

Friensds Outside, Los Angeles County, by Dr. Luis Barrera Castañón, Dr. Marco Murillo (Researchers) May 11, 2021

Read the Study

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.

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