We are excited to announce that Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino introduced the Fair Hiring Software Motion on November 10th.

This policy action is a step in the right direction -- it would require vendors of hiring assessments to give employers data about how their product performs across race and gender. More transparency can help employers avoid bias in the applicant screening process. We hope you will join us in raising awareness about this important effort and showing the City Council that there is strong support across our community!

We are excited to see progress in the right direction to giving Angelenos of all backgrounds a fair shot at economic opportunity, paving the way for a more equitable recovery. The LARRP Employment Committee is committed to ensuring a fair chance for everyone in our community and fully supports this motion.

Support Letter: Will you submit a support letter to the City Council once the motion has been filed? We know there are so many other urgent priorities you are working to address right now, so we are ready to help draft letters and make this as easy as possible. Please contact Janet Fernandez at Elevate Public Affairs for sample letter language at janet@elevatepublicaffairs.com or 626-261-8405.
Social Media: We are asking our coalition to share the announcement of the motion on their social media platforms. Below are draft social media posts you can use.
Draft Social Media
  • Women and people of color in L.A. have been hit hardest by unemployment in the wake of Covid-19. A real recovery should ensure systemic bias won’t stand in the way of getting back to work.
  • Thank you @JoeBuscaino for leading the way by introducing the Fair Hiring Software Motion! Change starts with transparency and making sure employers know if the tools they use to screen candidates are fair.
  • Women and people of color in L.A. have been hit hardest by unemployment in the wake of Covid-19. A real recovery should ensure systemic bias won’t stand in the way of getting back to work.
  • Thank you @joebuscaino for leading the way by introducing the Fair Hiring Software Motion! Change starts with transparency and making sure employers know if the tools they use to screen candidates are fair.
  • Our economy should work for everyone, regardless of race or gender. This starts with transparency and fairness in hiring. Today @JoeBuscaino introduced the Fair Hiring Software Motion – a critical step toward real change.
  • Women and people of color in L.A. have been hit hardest by unemployment in the wake of Covid-19. A real recovery should ensure systemic bias won’t stand in the way of getting back to work.
  • Thank you (tag Councilmember Buscaino) for leading the way by introducing the Fair Hiring Software Motion! Change starts with transparency and making sure employers know if the tools they use to screen candidates are fair.
Tags: Councilmember Buscaino Twitter: @JoeBuscaino, Facebook: @JoeBuscaino, LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joebuscaino, Instagram: @joebuscaino

Upcoming Events

LARRP Committee Meetings

NO LARRP General Meeting for November!

Next meeting:
December 17th 10:00AM-11:30AM

Integrated Health

December 1, 2020

Partner Events

Faith-based Educational Equity Faith Summit

with Senator Connie Leyva and State Superintendent of Instruction Tony ThurmondPresented by COPE
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 from 9am to 11am.

An important conversation about educational equity and to help guide state education priorities.

Registration Link:

Strategies to Support Clients with Increased Stress and Substance Use during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dec 3, 2020 01:00 PM


Online Policy Discussion: It's Time for the U.S. to Decriminalize Drug Use and Possession

Dec 3, 2020 06:00 PM

This special conversation begins to chip away at this critically important issue, focusing on one practical step to promote and adopt health-based interventions to better address the harms associated with drug use in vulnerable populations like in the Latino and immigrant community.

Speakers include DPA California State Director Jeannette Zanipatin and President of the William C. Velasquez Institute Lydia Camarillo.


Substance Use & Narcan Trainings December

Dec 4th at 9am-
Zoom Link

Dec 15th- 6pm -
Zoom Link

Harm Reduction Primer: What is Harm Reduction?
Dec 9th- 9am -
Zoom Link

Opioid Use Disorder & Medication for addiction treatment
Dec 21st-
Zoom Link

Stimulant Use Disorder, Harm Reduction & Evidence Based Interventions
Dec 29th- 9am - Zoom Link 

Los Angeles County Alternatives to Incarceration Convening.

December 16, 2020, 9:00 am

CLICK to Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

D.O.O.R.S Orientation

Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 AM

CLICK to Download Flyer

Housing Rights Workshops December

CLICK HERE for more info and to register

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

Measure J Advisory Committee Application Process Open

On November 3, 2020, the voters of Los Angeles County approved Measure J which dedicated no less than ten percent of the County’s locally generated unrestricted funding to address the disproportionate impact of racial injustice through community investments such youth development, job training, small business development, supportive housing services and alternatives to incarceration.

On November 10, 2020, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted the Measure J Revenue Allocation Process motion and directed the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to establish a 17-member Measure J Reimagine LA Advisory Committee (Committee) comprised of representatives from County Departments (5), Community-Based/Advocacy organizations appointed by the members of the Board (5), Labor Representatives (2) and Individuals with lived experiences appointed by the 5 Board appointees and the 5 Department representatives (5).

Individuals with lived experience interested in being a member of the committee may access the application by using this link.

Applications will be accepted until Friday December 4, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. For additional information, please email ati@lacounty.gov.

For a complete listing of all the opportunities and information

Project Return
Peer Professional Training and Placement Program
Zoom based, online course. Accepting applications on a continual basis!
The Peer Professional Training & Placement program prepares people who are, or who have been, consumers of mental health services for roles in the public mental health system as employees or volunteers, able to support the recovery of others and transform our mental health systems through the skillful use of lived experience.

Cash for College Opportunity

L.A. Cash for College is providing a series of free virtual workshops to students, families, and community members throughout Los Angeles County. There will also be scholarship drawings for all students that participate!

For all workshops and links to register, please visit yourfuturela.com Please reach out to María Marquez Alvarez, at malvarez@unitela.com for additional information.

Virtual Workforce Development Opportunity

Our next cohort of programming for Workforce Ready will begin in March/April of 2021. As a reminder, Workforce Ready is a FREE 6-week virtual program valued at over $5,000 that offers short, online courses for youth (including justice involved youth, foster youth, youth with disabilities, home insecure, and others) to develop essential non-technical skills- including time management, creative problem solving, resume building, communication skill development, and professional relationship building.

After completion, participants receive a UNITE-LA x Cornerstone OnDemand WorkforceReady Certificate of Completion and will be placed on a priority list of “Job Ready” candidates for our employer partners (including Fortune 500 companies, tech firms, and many others). Please note that justice involved youth will receive a $100 gift card after completion of the program.

We will host an information session of the program in mid-January 2021.

Please fill this short survey if you’re interested in receiving more information. Also, feel free to contact Geraldine Jaimerena, at gjaimerena@unitela.com with questions and concerns.

Survey on assessing resources and services for formerly incarcerated populations

Created by Public Health Professional, Nirshila Chand



For an archive of reentry and criminal justice related news, please see our News Archive which goes back years!

COVID-19 continues to roil California prisons, jails as officials face new criticism

LA Times, By Anita Chabria, Richard Winton, Nov. 29, 2020

California’s prison system has more than 3,600 active coronavirus cases, with six facilities having outbreaks with more than 100 infected inmates

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Biden can rebuild trust in our justice system by prioritizing prosecutorial reform

The Hill - Opinion, By Miriam Aroni Krinsky, Opinion Contributor — 11/26/20
After 40 years of punitive criminal justice policies that swelled the American prison system by 500 percent, this year’s election may have marked the beginning of the end for the “tough-on-crime” era. Voters in red and blue states alike overwhelmingly supported measures to promote fairer and safer policing practices, California restored voting rights to some 50,000 residents on parole, four more states joined the movement to legalize cannabis and Oregon voters made the bold, unprecedented move to decriminalize the use of all drugs.

Now, as President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris get ready to take office in January, they have a mandate to transform the criminal legal system.


L.A. County moves to create new juvenile justice system focused on ‘care,’ not punishment

LA Times, By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Nov. 25, 2020
After years of incremental reform, Los Angeles County is moving to dismantle the largest youth justice system in the country in favor of a “care-first” model that would look less like prison and would emphasize emotional support, counseling and treatment.


Scams led California to send COVID jobless benefits to Scott Peterson, death row inmates

LA Times, By Anita Chabria, Patrick Mcgreevy, Richard Winton, Nov. 24, 2020

...The D.A.s called the situation “the most significant fraud on taxpayer funds in California history,” according to a letter obtained by the Los Angeles Times, describing fraud that involves identity theft of prisoners as well as alleged scams by individual inmates and organized gangs to game the state system....

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L.A. County sheriff cannot ignore watchdog’s subpoena, judge rules

LA Times, By Alene Tchekmedyian, Nov. 20, 2020

A California judge Friday put Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva on his heels in his running power struggle with county officials, upholding the authority of an oversight commission to compel the sheriff to answer questions about how he runs the department.

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George Gascon Announces Transition Team for DA’s Office
My News LA November 18, 2020

“I was elected by the people and this community will have a seat at the table as we work to modernize our criminal justice system,” Gascon said in a written statement. “Those that have been directly impacted by the work of this office have unique insights that are integral to an effective administration.”

He noted that “our profession has largely missed the opportunity to learn from those that are justice-involved.


By Enfranchising Parolees, California Voters Notch Win for Justice

Washington Monthly, by Zach HarrisNovember 17, 2020
Passage of Prop 17, overlooked amid presidential race, is important step in fight against structural racism.


Police Unions Spent Millions To Beat Back Reform In Los Angeles. They Lost Big Time.

Huffington Post, By Jessica Schulberg, 11/14/2020

Grassroots organizing by groups like Black Lives Matter delivered criminal justice reform victories in America’s most populous county.


LA County Voted To Invest In Social Services Via Measure J. Now The Supes Must Prepare.

Witness LA, November 13, 2020 by Taylor Walker


L.A. County supervisors vote to explore options to remove Sheriff Villanueva

LA Times, By Alene Tchekmedyian, Nov. 10, 2020
A divided Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday escalated its running power struggle with Sheriff Alex Villanueva, voting to explore ways he could be removed from office, including through a change to the state’s Constitution.

LA Times California Election Results

As they are counted. Check back for live updates


George Gascón Wins Race For Los Angeles D.A. In Major Victory For Progressive Prosecutor Movement

The Appeal, Eliyahu Kamisher, Nov 06, 2020

Los Angeles County, with the country’s largest jail system and largest local prosecutor office, is considered a crown jewel in a nationwide push for criminal justice reform.


California goes big on criminal justice reform, setting a more progressive path

LA Times, By Kevin Rector, Anita Chabria, James Queally, Benjamin Oreskes, Nov. 5, 2020

California voters expressed a clear appetite for criminal justice reform on election night, supporting a series of ambitious changes after a summer of mass protests sparked a painful reckoning around racial injustice and debate over the role of policing.


Editorial: Californians make an unmistakable commitment to criminal justice reform

By The Times Editorial Board, Nov. 4, 2020
Asked whether to step back following nine years of criminal justice reform, Californians on Tuesday instead took a long stride forward, rejecting stiffer punishments, restoring parolees’ voting rights and, in Los Angeles County — the state’s largest local jurisdiction — enacting a bold program to fund health-based alternatives to criminal sanctions and electing a new district attorney who campaigned on a promise to bring more equity and balance to criminal prosecutions.

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Column: Millions in California voted for Trump. This is deeper than white grievance politics

LA Times, By Erika D. Smith, Columnist, Nov. 4, 2020

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Los Angeles voters just delivered a huge win for the defund the police movement

VOX, By Roge Karma, Nov 4, 2020
LA’s “Yes on J” campaign flipped the message from defunding cops to investing in everything else. It worked brilliantly.


Drop in Jail Population Due to COVID Failed to Cut Number of Black or Mentally Ill Inmates

The analysis -- by a county taskforce charged with mapping out what would be required to close the crumbling Men's Central Jail by July 2021 -- notes that the overall county jail population is rising again after dropping by roughly one-third.

NBC 4, By Elizabeth Marcellino, November 2, 2020