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Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership
Collaborating for Reentry Success

LA Free the Vote!

LARRP, Shields for Families, and LA Voice, amongst other justice partners, are a part of the LA Free the Vote coalition, which aims to make LA County a national leader in systematically offering voter registration to the justice-involved population and encouraging this population to vote. To get involved Please email Joseph Pettit 

Join us on September 22 for the biggest National Voter Registration Day ever!

Organizations of all stripes and sizes can join us in our efforts. Nonprofits, companies and brands, co-ops, student groups, and more — we need everyone to pitch in and get voters registered this September 22.

Upcoming Events

LARRP Committee Meetings

LARRP General Meeting:

September 24th
10:00am-11:30am

Agenda:

  • LARRP Voices From Impacted People - Fannon Figgers
  • DSS & CDCR Presentation - Jessica Fernandez, Supervisor over Community Reentry Services, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • LA Free The Vote & Getting to The Polls - Joseph Petitt, LARRP
  • Justice Related Ballot Measures - Lynne Lyman, LARRP
  • Executive Director Report - Troy Vaughn, LARRP

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Employment Committee

September 23
2:00pm

EEOC will present on sexual harassment claims filed by women with convictions and West Adams WorkSource will present on their new Reentry Department of Labor grant

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Partner Events

The 2020 March on Washington Film Festival (Virtual)

September 20-27

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National Voter Registration Day

September 22nd

LA Free The Vote is sponsoring this great event for #NationalVoterRegistrationDay on September 22nd. Join us for an hour of music, comedy, testimonials - and voter registration!

Featuring:

  • Comedian Sean Grant,
  • Hip Hop/Gospel Artist Rarebreed
  • And as and our emcee, Emmy-award nominee Richard Cabral.
  • Featuring two Angelenos who have been personally impacted by the justice system - and why they will be voting because of those experiences.

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National Expungement Week Free Legal Clinics

September 22nd and 25th

The Path To Restoration Town Hall

September 23rd at 5:00pm

Join in the conversation with the Los Angeles County Probation Department and some of the most influential Faith Leaders in the Community. Streaming live on Zoom and FaceBook Live

Zoom Meeting ID: 826 8297 7763 Passcode: 545394
Facebook Link

A Perspective for Supportive Housing Property Management

Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) is offering a training for property managers of supportive housing. This 6-hour training series taught over 4 sessions meeting on Thursdays is designed to familiarize property managers with the supportive housing model and various tools used to increase housing retention. Each session has 90 minutes of lecture and group discussion.

  • Session 4—September 24th at 10

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NO on Prop 21 Teach In

Sep 24, 2020 07:00 PM

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More Info on Prop 21

Community Alternatives To 911 (Cat 911) Online Conference -

Sundays - 9/20, 9/27 & 10/4
Cat Team Building Register Here

Upcoming DACC Forums And Events

  • September 18: Reimagining Justice—From Arrest to Parole: Public Safety through a Social Justice Lens. Register
  • September 24: DA Voter Ed and Accountability Forum. Register
  • September 25: Reimagining Justice—Faulty Forensics and Wrongful Convictions: Challenging Dubious Science in Criminal Cases. Register
  • October 2: Reimagining Justice—Identifying and Correcting Wrongful Convictions: The Path Forward. Register

Accelerator Week Virtual Community of Practice

Tuesday, September 22 | 10:00 AM – 1:15 PM
Wednesday, September 23 | 9:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Thursday, September 24 | 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

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Reentry Symposium

Presented by LATTC and LARRP
November 17-18th 2020
9-12:30 PM

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HOUSING RIGHTS WORKSHOP

Every Tuesday at 2:00 PM on Zoom
Basics of Fair Housing and protections against discrimination.

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TALLER DE DERECHOS DE VIVIENDA

Cada jueves a las 2:00 PM en Zoom
Conceptos básicos de la vivienda justa y las protecciones contra la discriminación.
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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!

Californians for Safety and Justice is in need of organizations to sign on to the growing list of opponents to Prop 20. Please use the following link to sign up and help in their phone banking efforts.

We are asking everyone to take 5 minutes to fill out this form by Friday COB. We are a little over 60 days away and every day counts! Thank you for your much needed support.After you sign up Safety and Justice will follow up with you directly

County government

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

Opportunities & Information

LAHSA Safe Parking Program

This programs provide people experiencing vehicular homelessness in Los Angeles County with safe, legal places to park and sleep overnight, and provide connections to case management and supportive services.

More info

LARRP was fortunate to be included in a new program to get recently released people privately funded stimulus stipends. This excellent new program out of the Center for Employment Opportunities, seeks to support individuals who have been released from incarceration in the past 12 months and are unemployed or underemployed. Center for Employment Opportunities has raised millions of dollars to get these much needed stipends to thousands of people in reentry all over the country.

We have been publishing stories from the people who have received this stimulus check in LA in our newsletters.

Take a look at how CEO is making a difference nationwide!

One Step Forward

An online guide for individuals & families looking for services, guidance on life after jail, prison, homelessness, substance abuse, mental health and job placement.

Learn MoreUn guía para individuos anteriormente encarcelados y familias afectadas por la Guerra contra las Drogas

CCJBH Snapshot of the 2020-21 California State Budget

SHARE! Collaborative Housing Vacancies

As of the week of June 8th, SHARE! Collaborative Housing currently has 22 immediate vacancies for men, 12 immediate vacancies for women, and 1 LGBTQ+ vacancy. A full list of our vacancies, including locations and rent per month, can be found below.

SHARE! Collaborative Housing is now taking calls Monday through Friday from 1pm – 6pm. During that time we can connect the interested party directly with homeowners so they can make appointments to see the houses they’re interested in. We can also give them more information about what the SHARE! Collaborative Housing program offers and the process we work through.

The number to call is 1-877-742-7349. That's the number in the housing office, and it's toll-free.

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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.

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

News

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

Could a billionaire lose his LACMA board seat over his prison-phone investment?

LA Times, By Laurence Darmiento, Sep. 16, 2020
Activists have been pressuring Tom Gores ever since his private equity firm bought one of the nation’s largest prison phone companies.

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Facing sheriff’s scorn, LA County leaders seek to reduce jail population

Los Angeles Daily News, By Ryan Carter, September 15, 2020
A new council will seek regular updates to make sure inmate numbers stay low — a prospect the sheriff was not happy with

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For Prisoners in the West, the Virus and the Wildfires Are Colliding Threats

NYTimes By Tim Arango and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs
Sept. 14, 2020
Prisoners are more vulnerable than ever to the twin crises of the pandemic and a historic wildfire season.

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LA County picks judge to lead ‘care first, jails last’ initiative

LA Daily News, September 14, 2020

Songhai Armstead, identified by the county CEO’s office as an innovator and longtime advocate for the underserved, will head the Alternatives to Incarceration Initiative, coordinating among multiple departments and community activists and service providers. Armstead is scheduled to retire from the Superior Court bench to take her new post later this month.

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Restorative Justice Advocates Prepare For National Expungement Week

High Times,  A.J. Herrington, September 7, 2020
National Expungement Week is just around the corner—here’s what you need to know!

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Can America move beyond mass incarceration? (audio)

Christian Science Monitor, September 14, 2020
By Samantha Laine Perfas, Jessica Mendoza, Henry Gass
Most agree that America’s justice system is broken. But how should it be fixed? The final episode of “Perception Gaps: Locked Up” explores different paths forward.

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Editorial: A strange and chaotic — and meh — year for California lawmaking

LA Times By The Times Editorial Board, Sep. 3, 2020

A good round-up on the close of session

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Lawmakers Run Out Of Time To Pass Big Justice Bills, Including One To Allow CA DOJ To Decertify Police Fired For Misconduct

WitnessLA, September 2, 2020 by Taylor Walker

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California could soon end its dumb policy on inmate firefighters. What took so long?

LA Times, By Erika D. Smith, Aug. 31, 2020
After years of pushing, mostly by Assemblywoman Eloise Gomez Reyes (D-Grand Terrace), the Legislature on Sunday night sent a bill to the governor’s desk that would help former prisoners — most of them Black and Latino — to earn the emergency medical technician license necessary to become full-time, year-round firefighters with the state, and numerous counties and cities.

Under AB 2147, former prisoners who have successfully worked in one of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s fire camps will be able to petition a judge to quickly expunge their records and waive parole time. They then would be able to apply not only for an EMT license but a host of other licenses required by other professions.

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LARRP Executive Director Appointed To The Board Of The Prison Industry Authority

Troy F. Vaughn, 56, of Corona, has been appointed to the Board of the Prison Industry Authority. Vaughn has been Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership since 2011. He has been Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Christ-Centered Ministries since 1999. Vaughn is a community-based organization representative for the Los Angeles Public Safety Realignment Team. He earned a Master of Theology degree from King’s College and Seminary and an Executive Juris Doctor degree from Concord Law School. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Vaughn is a Democrat.

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LARRP Partner Amity Foundation is serving as the hub for housing and services in new $30 Million Public-Private Partnership

Today, as COVID-19 spreads through prisons and jails, philanthropies and nonprofits joined the State of California and Governor Gavin Newsom to announce “Returning Home Well,” a new public-private partnership that provides essential services — like housing, health care, treatment, transportation, direct assistance, and employment support — for Californians returning home from prison after July 1, 2020. These are individuals that have either met their natural release date or are being released on an expedited timeline due to COVID-19. The State announced an initial commitment of $15 million, which will be matched by philanthropic contributions for a total goal of $30 million.

“Expediting release is necessary, but so is ensuring that services are available in a way that supports those returning home to achieve successful outcomes,” said Doug Bond, CEO of the Amity Foundation. “Supporting this type of service is an essential piece of a much broader, long-term public health and social progress solution.”

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“Hangover” Producer Starts Nonprofit to Transition People Out of Prison

Spectrum News 1, By Bianca Rae Lancaster, Aug. 20, 2020 
LANCASTER, Calif. — You may not expect an A-list Hollywood movie producer to spend his Saturday outside a California state prison, but Scott Budnick is waiting for a man he knows well to be released, after 18 years behind bars.

The Coronavirus Gave Them Jobs — And A New Lease On Life


LA Times by By Doug Smith, Aug. 25, 2020
LARRP Partner Chrysalis has several clients participating in this much needed work!

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Prop 47 Five Years Later

Five years later: How a California prop changed national discourse on criminal justice reform

LA Progressive, Cari Lynn
Initially blasted by critics as a “get out of jail free card,” Prop 47 was a long-shot that even supporters deemed likely to go the way of other reform efforts: nowhere. But 47’s success has exceeded even its founders’ ideals, and is now primed to be a nationwide model for effective and humane criminal justice reform.

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Police Reform Advocates Scrutinize Police Unions, Calling Them Obstacles To Reform

La Times, By Kevin Rector Aug. 18, 2020
Activist DeRay Mckesson’s group Campaign Zero has released a new platform challenging the influence of police unions.

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