Upcoming Events

LARRP Committee Meetings

May General Meeting

May 20, 2021,
10:00 AM

Integrated Health:

May 3, 2021,
1:00 pm

Employment Committee

May 19th, 2021
2:00 pm

Employment Committee agenda includes:

Housing Committee:

Thursday, May 20th, 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

Education Committee:

May 20, 2021
4:00PM- 5:30 PM

Partner Events

Public Safety Realignment Team (PSRT) meeting -

April 16th
11:00 a.m.

To join via Microsoft Teams: CLICK HERE

More info and Agendas CLICK HERE

2021 CALL Festival
A CALL to Imagine Abolitionist Futures

April 16-17, 2021

Connecting Art and Law for Liberation (CALL) is an art and law festival hosted by UCLA School of Law’s Prison Law and Policy Program, Criminal Justice Program, and the Prison Education Program at UCLA

 

RSVP for Friday's live performances (April 16th, 4 pm - 7 pm PST)

RSVP for Saturday's interactive workshops (April 17th, 10 am - 1 PM PST)

Narcan training dates for April

April 20th 6:30pm:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJModmrpjktGdfAsp8FlsbTCy155AeTXRSz

As always, Narcan training will provide box (two doses) for anyone who completes training. (sent via mail)

Community Watch Party

Every other Wednesday through May 19th. at 5pm

Join health/disability justice organization, Repair, and TILA for Creating Justice, a series of virtual discussions about racism, criminalization, and community activism. Tune in every other Wednesday through May 19th.

Each event features a virtual "watch party" of the short web episodes of the Resist docu-series, followed by community dialogue.

REGISTER

Screening - Racially Charged: America's Misdemeanor Problem

April 21st, 5:00 PM

The Formerly Incarcerated Convicted People & Families Movement along with Brave New Films is inviting you to a virtual screening of the new short documentary, Racially Charged: America’s Misdemeanor Problem. Narrated by actor Mahershala Ali, the film was inspired by Harvard Law Professor Alexandra Natapoff’s book Punishment without Crime and explores the history behind our broken criminal legal system which charges 13 million Americans a year, mostly poor black and brown, with misdemeanors.

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Get Involved In Policy Change

April 21, 2021 from 9-11am

The Council on Criminal Justice and BehavioralHealth (CCJBH) and the Council of StateGovernments (CSG) Justice Center invite you toshare your experiences to help inform policy priorities that will reduce incarceration of people with behavioral health needs. For More info: Contact Hallie Fader-Towe at (347) 949-0467 or HFader@csg.org

April self-care workshops from Project Rebound

Maintaining a School/Life Balance at Home
Wednesday, April 21 | 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Zoom Meeting ID: 889 2330 5125 Passcode: COLLE/LIFE

Expressive Writing Workshop
Wednesday, April 28 | 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Zoom Link Meeting ID: 862 9735 5079 Passcode: EXPWRIT

Reentry Wellness Hour

April 22nd 11:30am-12:30pm

LARRP, HOPICS and the Phoenix invites you to this community event led by the Phoenix! Phoenix is a sober active community that harnesses the transformative power of connection and movement to help people rise and recovery

REGISTER

If you have any questions call (323) 730-4442 or email evelyn@lareentry.org via zoom

CalAIM ECM & ILOS in Los Angeles: Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, April 22, 2021
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  1. Enhanced Care Management (ECM) is a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to providing intensive and comprehensive care management services for Medi-Cal members with complex physical, behavioral and social needs
  2. In Lieu of Services (ILOS) are cost-effective, health-supporting services that may be substituted for existing State Plan-covered services to reduce hospitalization and institutionalization, reduce cost, and address underlying drivers of poor health

Register HERE to secure your spot.

Learn more about the ECM benefit & potential ILOS services in Los Angeles County. For more information, please look at the CalAIM Proposal – ILOS descriptions are in Appendix J. There is also a helpful CalAIM executive summary.

National Reentry Workforce Collaborative
Thought Leadership Series

April 23, 2021
1:30 - 2:45 pm ET (10:30 -11:45 PT)

Community Reinvestment: A Focus on Colorado's Successes in Redirecting Public Safety Resources to Community.

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FREE Virtual Reentry Legal Clinic

April 24th, 2021 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. PT
For Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange County Residents

Click HERE to make an appointment

Survivors Speak Virtual Conference

April 24th

“From Healing to Action” aims to elevate the voices of crime victims, particularly from communities most affected by crime, to share our stories, heal together, and call for new safety priorities that put our experiences at the center of efforts to reduce crime, improve community health, reform our criminal justice system, and advocate for smart justice policies that transform families, communities, states, and the country.

Register now

En Español

Voices From Inside
Covid-19 in the California Prison System

May 6, 2021
5:00 pm
Drawing upon the letters from incarcerated people to Mervyn M. Dymally written in the 1970's this community event seeks to have an authentic dialogue by creating space for formerly incarcerated women to share their experiences and lead the discussion about the contemporary carceral state.

This event will feature 4 women with lived experience from LARRP's - LEADERS Training Academy Genea Richardson, Chichi Locci, Cynthia Blake and Laura Hernandez

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RE-IMAGINE LA - MEASURE J MEETINGS

ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS:

May 20th, June 17th
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Save the Date

Prop. 47 Joint Local Advisory Committee (JLAC) Public Meeting

June 8 at 5:00 pm

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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.

 

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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

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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

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!

Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles

Cohort 61 launching April 7th!
More INFO and REGISTER

Cohort 62 launching April 9th!
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Cohort 63 launching April 20th!
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Youth Advisory Council

Application Deadline April 2, 2021

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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.)

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CPL CAB Overview.docxCalifornia Policy Lab
Community Advisory Board

Help Guide Our Homelessness Prevention Research

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Women’s Foundation of California – Local Women’s Policy Institute Application

WPI-Local is an experiential, year-long fellowship open to community-based advocates from all 58 counties in California who want to address the inequities embedded in public institutions. The fellowship delivers training and tools, builds networks, and develops leadership skills to advance local policy campaigns and build power throughout the state.

To apply you will need a team of three or four collaborators and an idea for a local-level policy project that will advance racial, economic, and gender justice.

More Info

Paid Opportunity

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SECTOR

New Opportunities For Job Success After Incarceration With County-Wide “Sector” Program

Innovative program combines training, paid work experience, and mental health support to help participants enter high-growth sectors with living wage careers

The Los Angeles County Office of Diversion and Reentry (ODR), together with six community-based partner organizations, has launched Skills and Experience for the Careers of Tomorrow (SECTOR), a $4 million annual program aimed at helping people who have been to jail or prison or otherwise involved in the justice system develop the skills they need for well-paying jobs with opportunities for career advancement. Offered across Los Angeles County, the program combines an innovative sector-based approach with services tailored to the needs of people impacted by the justice system to help them get back to work and obtain fulfilling careers.

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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

Click Here For LA Schedule March
Click Here For Long Beach Schedule March

Facebook Link for the full schedule

ABC

"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

VITA/ EITC Program

Free Virtual Tax Preparation For More Info DOWNLOAD FLYER

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 megan.baca@lls.edu or (415) 424-7517.

News

For an archive of reentry and criminal justice related news, please see our News Archive which goes back years!
‘2020 was a tinderbox’: murders rose in US neighborhoods of color last year

The Guardian, by Weihua Li and Beth Schwartzapfel of the Marshall Project, 8 Apr, 2021

A strained social safety net, rising tensions and mistrust between police and communities of color played part, experts say.

Despite a statewide stay-at-home order, Los Angeles recorded 332 killings in 2020, a precipitous jump – 95 more lives lost to murder than the year before.

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When typical middle school antics mean suspensions, handcuffs or jail

The Hechinger Report: by Levi Pulkkinen, April 8, 2021

Middle school remains a key entry point to the criminal justice system, especially for Black, Latino and Native students and those with disabilities

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LA County could close Men’s Central Jail within 2 years, report says

Los Angeles Daily News, By Ryan Carter March 30, 2021

But the report notes concern that alternatives to incarceration are still evolving, and funding is not easy.

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Not Built for Humans: Living and Working at Twin Towers Correctional Facility During COVID-19

KnockLA,  by Eleanor Bray, March 28, 2021

Over a year into the pandemic, the most vulnerable population in Los Angeles County are still left to fend for themselves.

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Editorial: Court takes a giant step on bail, but more work is needed

By The La Times Editorial Board, March 26, 2021

READ THE EDITORIAL

‘Gigantic momentous decision’: California Supreme Court shrinks role of cash bail in jailings

Landmark ruling directs judges to expand use of non-jail alternatives and affordable bail, and increases burden to justify public-safety detainments

The Mercury News, By Nico Savidge and Robert Salonga, March 25, 2021

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LA County Leaders Agree To Expand Community Care For People Declared Unfit To Stand Trial

Witness LA, March 25, 2021 by Taylor Walker

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to expand reentry programs that provide community-based treatment to people found incompetent to stand trial who would otherwise languish in LA’s jail system — the largest mental health facility in the country — while they wait for state hospital beds to become available.

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Rob Bonta named California attorney general, would be first Filipino American in role

LA Times, March 24, 2021 By Patrick Mcgreevy, Phil Willon


SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday appointed Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta as California attorney general, picking a leading advocate for criminal justice reform who has campaigned to abolish the death penalty and eliminate cash bail for many offenses.

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What secret files on police officers tell us about law enforcement misconduct

LA Times, By Alene Tchekmedyian, Ben Poston March 19, 2021

For years, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has kept under wraps a list of deputies with records of misconduct....Now, with its hand forced by a recent state law that loosened strict privacy protections given to police, the Sheriff’s Department has released a cache of documents that provide details about dozens of deputies on the list.

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What Do Victims Want? New California Justice Reforms Expose Divide Among Crime Survivors

KQED,  by Marisa Lagos, March 19, 2021

Read more about this debate HERE

How Chesa Boudin Is Pursuing His Promise To Reduce Incarceration

The Appeal, byElizabeth Weill-Greenberg, Mar 18, 2021

After more than a year in office—and despite pushback—the San Francisco DA’s policies have kept people out of jails and prisons.

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Parole Trends In The Time Of COVID-19: Fewer Hearings, Fewer Approvals


Witness LA, March 16, 2021 by Taylor Walker

Only five out of 13 states actually increased the number of people granted parole during the first year of the pandemic over 2019, as COVID-19 raged through prisons and jails, infecting and killing incarcerated people and employees, data analysis by the Prison Policy Initiative revealed.

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Former prosecutor announces bid to challenge first-term Orange County D.A.

LA Times, By Hannah Fry March 16, 2021

A former prosecutor and U.S. Marine Corps veteran said Tuesday that he will challenge Dist. Atty. Todd Spitzer to become Orange County’s top prosecutor next year in a race that is poised to test the climate for justice reform in a county that has historically favored tough-on-crime policies.

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No, crime survivors don’t want more prisons. They want a new safety movement

Washington Post Op-Ed, By Lenore Anderson and Robert Rooks, March 16, 2021

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LA's top prosecutor adopted major reforms. Law enforcement is fighting to block every policy

The Guardian, by Sam Levin, Wed 10 Mar 2021

George Gascón was elected Los Angeles district attorney after promising to end “tough on crime” prosecutions, free people from overcrowded prisons and hold police accountable for misconduct.

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Are Opponents Of LA’s New Reformist DA Using Crime Victims As Political Footballs? A New LA County Poll Suggests The Answer Is Yes.

Witness LA, March 8, 2021 by Celeste Fremon

In the ongoing battle between those who are in favor of the newly instituted justice reform policies of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, and those who are not, one of the main weapons used by the anti-Gascón groups — such as the local prosecutors’ union, the LA Association of Deputy District Attorneys, the California District Attorney’s Association, plus several conservative-leaning DAs in other counties — is the accusation that the DA who defeated incumbent Jackie Lacey in November 2020 has abandoned the needs of victims of crime in his rush toward reform.

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Thousands of California marijuana convictions officially reduced, others dismissed

By Greg Moran San Diego Union-Tribune, March 7, 2021
SAN DIEGO — With the stroke of a pen by a Superior Court judge in California, nearly 26,000 people with felony marijuana convictions on their records had them reduced to less onerous misdemeanor convictions last month.

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Felony Murder, Explained

The Appeal, March 4, 2021 by Shobha L. Mahadev & Steven Drizin

...Put simply, the felony murder rule states that if a death occurs during the commission of any felony, the death can be charged as murder for all participants in the felony, despite the fact that the participants may have had no role in the actual killing or may not have intended or anticipated that a death would occur...

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