LARRP now has an extensive resource page devoted to COVID-19 
We are updating it Daily!!!

Upcoming Events

LARRP Committee Meetings

Integrated Health Committee Meeting

June 2nd
2:00pm-3:30pm

Meeting ID: 912 7004 6658
Password: 104222

Education Committee Meeting

June 18th
4:00pm-5:30pm

Meeting ID: 971 6780 9439
Password: 175495

Employment Committee Meeting

June 25th
2:00 - 3:30

We will have a special presentation on “Making the Business Case to Employers” Panel will include a representative from 70 Million Jobs and others to be announced.

Meeting ID: 829 579 3424

LARRP June Virtual General Meeting

June 25th
10:00-11:30
To be confirmed!

LARRP held its first virtual General Meeting on May 28th and it was so inspiring and productive to get over 100 of our partners in the same space. We have realized the need to meet every month in this fast changing time.

If you missed the last meeting with updates from Peter Espinoza, Director, LA County Office of Diversion and Reentry, Reaver Bingham, Chief Deputy, LA County Probation on Probation updates and critical information about the new state budget and how it impacts the reentry community and Doug Bond, CEO of the Amity Foundation, you can watch the recording here
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Partner Events

A free training for Social Services Providers Statewide to Strengthen Collaboration & Information Sharing

Wednesday June 3rd 2020
10:00am to 12:30pm

Participants will get helpful tools and resources for supporting clients in reentry
Participants will learn about the legal rights of people with arrest and conviction histories, including employment rights and record-cleaning
How COVID-19 is exacerbating and creating additional barriers for justice-impacted people
How R&R collaboration with social service providers can support clients, facilitated by "regional breakout rooms" for service providers to connect with each other
How social service providers can support their clients in accessing R&R's legal services

RSVP here

Direct from the Governor's office: reopening guidelines, IBank loans for nonprofits, and other resources

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

11:00 AM

While some nonprofits are serving more people than ever before, others such as performing arts are closed for months or will be closed for years. Many nonprofits have some staff working onsite and other staff working from home.

In this live event, leaders from the Governor's Office will explain what the reopening stages mean for different types of nonprofits and will describe the California state loan program through the IBank. We will also hear how the Governor is making full use of the nonprofit community – and supporting nonprofits – in both the crisis and the recovery.

RSVP here (Registration required)

Online Workshop:

“Why Psych Wards Are Not An Alternative to Prisons”

Sponsor: Community Alternatives to 911, Youth Justice Coalition.

Thursday, June 4th,
6-7 p.m.

Join ZOOM meeting;

Meeting ID: 981 1151 4776

Faith-Based Advocacy Council Meeting

Thursday, June 4, 2020
10 AM to 12 PM

Korean and Spanish language access available

Join Skype meeting

Democratizing Dollars: An Introduction to Participatory Budgeting

Thursday, June 4, 2020
3:00 to 5:00 pm PDT

The County of Los Angeles Center for Health Equity and Participatory Budgeting Project are hosting Democratizing Dollars, a two-part learning opportunity focused on participatory budgeting (PB). Co-sponsors include the Department of Health Services Division of Youth Diversion and Development and the Los Angeles County Reentry Health Advisory Collaborative.
RSVP

Free the Vote!

Webinar
Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
6:30 - 8:30 PM.

Please RSVP by 4:00 PM on Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 to receive an access link to the zoom event.

Virtual Lunch and Learn Sessions: Leading Through Crisis

Sessions are stand-alone and you may sign-up for one session or all. These sessions are open to all levels of staff who are part of the 7.0 or 8.0 WAF Community.

Session 2: Advantages of a Crisis
June 9, 2020, 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm
Sign up for Session 2

Session 3: There is Always an Answer
June 16, 2020, 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm
Sign up for Session 3

Session 4: Looking for the Big Picture
June 23, 2020, 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm
Sign up for Session 4

For questions on the Lunch and Learn webinar series, please contact Amanda Gerrie: amanda@pathwaysconsultants.com.

Shaking up Reentry
POSTPONED Until 2021

2020 Conference Planning Efforts & Official Postponement Message.

Watch Here

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.

We need your voices!

Please join with LARRP, the Center For Employment Opportunities (CEO) and many other CBO’s and advocates by contacting members of congress to advocate for more stimulus funding for returning citizens.

Sign the Letter

National Survey for People with Incarcerated Loved Ones During COVID-19

Essie Justice Group and Color of Change are asking for people with incarcerated loved ones to share their experiences of having someone incarcerated during the COVID-19 pandemic through their national survey.

LA Free The Vote Campaign  needs your help!!

LA Free the Vote aims to make LA County a national leader in systematically offering voter registration to the justice-involved population and encouraging this population to vote.

November 2020 is presenting an opportunity for our people to participate in some important justice reform measure and local elections

Get Involved!

County government

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

Opportunities & Information

Black to the Future Public Policy Institute

The Institute is a policy advocacy and leadership training fellowship that provides the tools needed to transform Black communities into constituencies that wield independent, Black political power at the municipal, state, and federal level.

Download the Guide for more info

Application Eligibility:

  • The Institute is specifically for members of Black communities who are already involved in organized efforts to improve the lives of Black communities.
  • Black cisgender and transgender individuals, non-binary and genderqueer people are encouraged to apply. Black migrants, Black people who are formally incarcerated, Black people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must be sponsored by an Organization – “Organization Sponsor.” The sponsor can be an institution, formal or informal organization or nonprofit. It can be a for-profit, non-profit, or government group. The applicant can be a paid staff member or volunteer associated with the organization.

Individuals who apply as a team, in coalition with others, or who demonstrate their ability to form a coalition to create and engage in a policy advocacy campaign, will be given priority in their application.

June 3, 2020 - How to Apply Webinar 10am-11:30 PT,

June 12, 2020 – Online Application Deadline at 5pm PST!

PUBLIC REVIEW

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) is opening a Public Review and Comment Period for the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Three-Year Plan for Fiscal Years 2020/2021 to 2022/2023.

The plan and its executive summary are posted on the LACDMH website

The public is invited to review this plan and provide feedback through June 26, 2020, by filling out an online survey

You may also provide feedback by emailing director@dmh.lacounty.gov or by direct mailing this form to:

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
550 S. Vermont Ave, 12th Floor Executive Suite
Los Angeles, CA 90020

Important Survey Results

The team at Root & Rebound is grateful to the many partners and CBOs who have filled out the Reentry Services Provider survey form, so we can better coordinate statewide support to people coming home from incarceration in California during the COVID-19 pandemic.
HERE are the responses to this survey, which include reentry services in counties across the state.

Survey: Employment and Application Experiences with A Criminal Record

Root and Rebound wants to support YOU in getting a job you want. Many employers unfairly consider records in the hiring process -- and their consideration may even be illegal under state law.

We created this survey to better understand your experience in applying for jobs in order for us to support you and others with criminal records as you apply for employment.

Take the Survey

The Community Reentry Center (CRC)

at DOORS

provides an array of comprehensive supportive services to address the barriers to reentry for justice-involved individuals, particularly those on adult felony supervision, their families and the community. Such services include but are not limited to housing, employment, legal aid, educational support, mental health assessment and linkage, substance use counseling, and health and healing through the arts. The services are provided in a welcoming environment by county partners and community-based organizations that are considered leaders in reentry and experienced professionals with high risk communities.
3965 Vermont Avenue, LA, CA 90037
3rd Floor Reception: 323-730-4442, cstephens@dhs.lacounty.gov

News

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

Don’t Bar Ex-Offenders From Coronavirus Aid Funds

NYTimes Op-Ed June 2, 2020
By Cyrus R. Vance Jr.
Mr. Vance is the Manhattan district attorney.The Trump administration unilaterally excluded those with criminal records from loan programs. The decision should be reversed.

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A Series of 3  Editorials from the LA Times

Editorial: Coronavirus shows us the danger and inanity of our prison state

By The Times Editorial Board
May 29, 2020

So it’s time to ask: Why did we build and pack prisons in the first place? Why did we create institutions that are inherently unsafe and unsanitary? What kind of society clusters people together and then charges them money for hygiene?

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Editorial: No, criminals aren’t rampaging across California because of our zero-dollar bail policy

By The Times Editorial Board
May 27, 2020

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Criminal justice system should consider public health during COVID-19 pandemic, groups say

ABA May 29, 2020,
BY Amanda Robert
Several national organizations issued joint recommendations earlier this week for how the criminal justice system can incorporate public health approaches when responding to the novel coronavirus crisis.

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Guidelines

CSUF Graduates of 2020:
Project Rebound student sets her sights on criminal justice reform

Orange County Register,May 28, 2020
By Susan Gill Vardon
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The Pandemic Has Emptied Prisons. We Examine The Effects, As Well As the Challenges To Reentry

KPCC Airtalk, May 21, 2020
Hosted by Larry Mantel

Listen Here

LARRP Steering Committee Member and Employment Committee Co-Chair, Maria 'Alex" Alexander, featured

Cannabis legalization revenue helps fight COVID-19 on Skid Row
Leafly, May 20, 2020
by Marissa Wenzke


Center for Living and Learning Executive Director Maria ‘Alex’ Alexander manages 18 caseworkers who see 300-500 people per year. Most of her funding comes from Proposition 64

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Officials mishandled coronavirus outbreaks at Lompoc and Terminal Island prisons, lawsuits claim

LA Times, May 17, 2020
By Alex Wigglesworthstaff

The American Civil Liberties Union on Saturday filed a pair of class-action lawsuits on behalf of federal prisoners at Lompoc and Terminal Island, claiming officials mishandled coronavirus outbreaks at the facilities that have infected a combined total of 1,775 inmates, killing 10.
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‘We are terrified’: Coronavirus outbreak reported at Chino women’s prison

May 17, 2020 Gabriel Valley Tribune
By Jonah Valdez

The women sat anxiously inside their prison cells at the California Institution for Women in Chino as a guard roamed about their cell block, yelling out an ominous announcement.

A knock on a cell door, the guard said, meant that they tested positive for the coronavirus. They would be told to gather their things and prepare to be isolated for an indefinite amount of days.

Screams filled the air. Women began to hurl questions at the guards.

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California’s prisons and jails have emptied thousands into a world changed by coronavirus

LATimes, May 17, 2020
By Matt Hamilton, James Queally, Alene Tchekmedyian

In short order, the coronavirus pandemic has ushered in a sweeping and historic emptying of California’s overcrowded prisons and jails, as officials have dramatically lowered the number of people held in custody to avert deadly outbreaks.

State data show California’s prisons have released about 3,500 inmates while the daily jail population across 58 counties is down by 20,000 from late February.

The exodus is having a profound and still-evolving effect: Those leaving custody enter a vastly different world in which a collapsed economy, scant job opportunities and the closure of many government offices have compounded the challenges of getting lives back on track.

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Los Angeles needs a new approach to justice: George Gascón

Los Angeles Daily News, May 16, 2020
By George Gascon

Read the Op-Ed

Let Our People Go


A letter from inside Marion Correctional Institution is the voice of those locked in cages and discarded during this pandemic.
NYTimes, May 13, 2020
By Michelle Alexander, Contributing Opinion Writer

READ!!

In Surprise Move, Newsom Calls for an End to California’s Youth Prison System

May 14, 2020, The Chronicle of Social Change
Jeremy Loudenback, Senior Editor
With coronavirus pummeling Californians’ health and economy like a modern day plague, few expected a line item buried in an otherwise deficit-driven budget that Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced Thursday: After decades of the state running what was once the country’s most vast and notorious youth prison system, the end could be near for the Division of Juvenile Justice.

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Discussion Looks at COVID Response by LA DA Ahead of November Election

Vanguard, May 14, 2020
by David Greenwald
With challenger George Gascón headed to a runoff against incumbent Jackie Lacey in November in LA’s District Attorney race, the discussion is ramping up on what the DA’s office needs to do to save lives during the COVID-19 discussion. But, while George Gascón participated in the LA Justice Coalition Event, as Jackie Lacey did prior to the primary, she declined to participate.
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70% of inmates test positive for coronavirus at Lompoc federal prison

LA Times, May 9, 2020
By Richard Winton, Staff Writer

The number of inmates infected with the coronavirus at a federal prison in Lompoc, Calif., shot up to 792 this week, making it the largest federal penitentiary outbreak in the nation, surpassing a facility on Terminal Island in San Pedro, where 644 inmates have contracted the virus.

Nearly 70% of the inmates at Federal Correctional Institution Lompoc have tested positive, exploding by more than 300 in recent days, officials said Friday. FCI Lompoc along with Terminal Island now account for about 47% of all the federal inmates who have tested positive nationwide. Both prisons have done widespread testing of hundred of inmates even without symptoms.

Eleven staff members are also infected at the Lompoc facility, which houses 1,162 low-security inmates. A military mobile hospital has been built on the grounds to cope with the growing number of stricken patients.

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California’s Jail Population Has Plummeted during COVID-19

PPIC, May 8, 2020
Joseph Hayes, Heather Harris

When the COVID-19 crisis began, state and county governments recognized that overcrowded jail conditions could pose unacceptable health risks for inmates and staff. As the crisis has unfolded, all counties have taken steps to decrease their jail populations. Some have made steeper reductions than others, and some of the measures that have facilitated these reductions—reducing pretrial detention and setting bail at zero for many crimes—may have longer-term significance as California considers whether to eliminate money bail.

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3 more inmates die at Chino prison as coronavirus infections continue to spread

LA Times, May 8, 2020
By Richard Winton, staff writer

As an outbreak of the coronavirus continues to rage inside the California Institution for Men in Chino, three more inmates at the prison have died, the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced Friday.

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Authorities nationwide are reporting an uptick in fatal opioid overdoses during social distancing.

The Daily Beast,  May. 03
Kate Briquelet,Senior Reporter

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REPORT - Voting in Jails

The Sentencing Project, MAY 07, 2020
Nicole D. Porter
As localities consider voting best practices, a new report from The Sentencing Project highlights jurisdictions around the country that actively support ballot access for residents detained in local jails through absentee voting or jail-based polling sites. These initiatives should serve as models to be adopted by all jail systems in order to ensure that individuals housed there do not forfeit their rights of citizenship.

Read the Report

LARRP Steering Committee Member and Policy Committee Co-Chair, Joseph Maizlish is featured in this recent article  in the LA Progressive

Keeping Tabs on Los Angeles County — April 27 to May 1

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