Important Voting Dates
October 5th - Mailing of vote-by-mail ballots begins
October 19th - The last day to register to vote
October 25th - In person voting starts
Justice Ballot Measures
November 3, 2020 Election
Presentation by Lynne Lyman
LARRP Co-Founder, Executive Steering Committee
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
LARRP Committee Meetings
LARRP General Meeting
- Monnie Anderson | HOPICS - LARRP Voices From Impacted People
- Troy Vaughn | LARRP - Executive Directors Report
- Eunisess Hernandez | La Defensa - Measure J - Reimagine LA Presentation
- Anthony DiMartino, MSW | Californians for Safety and Justice | Criminal Justice Bills Signed by the Governor
- Phillip Verbera | Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder's Office | Teach In: Voting and how the Elections will Affect our Work
Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Recording of LARRP September General Meeting:
- 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
For a recording of the September meeting Please click the button below and enter the password: h^46&Vw6
October 26th, 5-6 pm.
The Price Studner Leader DEI Coalition presents our third panel in the DEI in Practice series. This panel moderated by current USC student Michael Carter MPA '21 will focus on perspectives directly from the field of reentry. Our panelists do ground level and policy work in the field and will discuss the current state of the reentry in light of Covid-19, the challenges and opportunities present, and what attendees can do to get involved. We look forward to a passionate and lively discussion infused with the personal and professional experiences of people doing the work.
Two virtual reentry legal clinics
in partnership with Project Rebound at Humboldt State and the Karuk Tribe. For residents of Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino & Lake Counties
October 27th & 28th
10am - 4pm PT both days
Two virtual reentry legal clinics
For residents of Fresno County as well as residents of San Joaquin, Sacramento, Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino & Lake Counties, sponsored by Perfect Union.
October 29th & 30th
10am - 4pm PT both days
Disability Rights California Presents
October Mental Health Webinar Series
More info and REGISTER
Presented by LATTC and LARRP
November 17-18th 2020
HOUSING RIGHTS WORKSHOP
Every Tuesday at 2:00 PM on Zoom
Basics of Fair Housing and protections against discrimination.
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.
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.
Seeking Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People to Serve on the Probation Oversight Commission -
Deadline Oct 26th
As folks know, the County is currently in the processing of hiring a Probation Oversight Commission ED and looking for commissioners for the POC.
Five of the nine commissioners have already been appointed by the Board and now we’re looking for four.
The positions are reserved for people who meet the following criteria: a person who is formerly justice-involved, a family member of someone who is currently or formerly justice involved, and a legal defense specialist.
Complete the application and supplemental linked below and submit along with a statement of interest and/or resume to CommitteeBook@bos.lacounty.gov
The deadline for the POC applications has been extended to October 26. The deadline will not be extended after this.
Incarcerated People Now May Qualify for CARES Act Economic Impact Payment of up to $1200
HURRY! Act by October 30, 2020!!
Please Note: The IRS Has Extended The Deadline For Filing Paper Claims To October 30Th. Paper Claims May Now Be Postmarked Up To October 30Th, 2020. More Info
Keep up with the Board of Supervisors meetings, motions and resources at LARRP Steering Committee member, Joseph Maizlish’s site
Opportunities & Information
Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to educate the public, shift narratives and ultimately change policy.
The best way to ensure that California chooses progress, not prisons, is to share with our community what we stand to lose. We want to hear from YOU about the real-life impact that overspending on prisons has on your home and/or community.
Click here to tell your story
Felony convictions in California come with almost 5,000 legal obstacles that block people from stability and opportunity long after they have served their time. Share how you, your loved one or your community have been affected by barriers related to felony convictions.
Click here to tell your story
Metro's new Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC)
Please consider applying to join Metro's new Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) and share this opportunity with others. Applications are open October 19-November 13, 2020.
Following the George Floyd protests earlier this year, the Metro Board is seeking recommendations on how to reform the agency’s policing practices. The PSAC will be part of this effort working in partnership with community leaders to re-envision transit safety and community-based approaches to policing.
Note: There is no compensation for serving on this Committee
Solicitation for Applications: SAMHSA’S GAINS Center Seeks Communities to Develop Trauma-Informed Training Capacity
SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation, operated by Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA), known nationally for its work regarding people with behavioral health needs involved in the criminal justice system, is soliciting applications from communities interested in developing a capacity to provide trauma-informed training.
The application for the 2020-2021 cohort of the California Justice Leaders (CJL) is NOW OPEN!!
California Justice Leaders-AmeriCorps (CJL). CJL is a first of its kind AmeriCorps program that intentionally hires young adults who have had previous involvement with the justice system and have demonstrated successful re-entry into their communities.
CJL members will offer coaching and re-entry navigation for youths currently in or recently released from California’s juvenile facilities. As part of the job, CJL members also receive extensive personal and professional training and development.
REGISTER NOW! Space is Limited
Help support and improve California’s reentry programs
Volunteer for a Research Study
The purpose of the study is to identify elements of reentry programs formerly incarcerated individuals found useful in obtaining and retaining employment
You may be eligible to participate in the study if you:
- Were formerly incarcerated in the state of California
- Participated in a reentry program while incarcerated and/or after leaving prison
- Have held a job for a minimum of six months
All information is confidential, and your name will not be associated
with the study. To participate or for more information, please contact
LARRP Member, Bill Curtis, Ed.D. Candidate, American College of Education firstname.lastname@example.org
CCJBH Survey on best practices in employing individuals with lived experience.
CCJBH seeks your participation with a brief survey to gather input on best practices to promote the employment of individuals with lived experience in the behavioral health and criminal justice systems. Survey results, representing a wide variety of perspectives and organizations, will be used by CCJBH to prepare a policy brief that aims to highlight and promote related employment and hiring best practices.
Click HERE for the survey
Survey results are due Friday, October 2, 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
For an archive of reentry and criminal justice related news, please see our News Archive which goes back years!
With Prop. 17, voters to decide whether parolees can vote in California
LA Times By Patrick Mcgreevy, October 20, 2020
The Power of Plea Bargaining: Prosecutorial Discretion Can Be Good in The Right Hands
The Sacramento Observer, By Rachel Rossi rossi October 16, 2020
Plea bargaining — an imperfect and often coercive process — usually dictates criminal justice system outcomes, and it can be a tool to either fuel over-criminalization or to obtain restorative and just outcomes, depending on how it is wielded.
District attorney race in Los Angeles County is increasingly bitter
ABC Eyewitness News, Sunday, October 11, 2020 1:44PM
ABC7 Presents the LA County District Attorney Debate
A Filmmaker Who Sees Prison Life With Love and Complexity
NY Times, by Ismail Muhammad, Oct. 6, 2020
Garrett Bradley has made a documentary, “Time,” that stubbornly resists all the easy ways of thinking about incarceration in America.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti shifts support to George Gascón in contentious D.A.’s race
LA Times, By James Queally , Oct. 4, 20203
L.A. Care Awards $1 Million to Organizations Serving Marginalized Communities during COVID-19 Pandemic
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
The New Equity and Resilience Initiative will Address Systemic Racism
L.A. Care issued a Statement of Principles on Social Justice and Systemic Racism following the death of George Floyd and, in that statement, it vowed to implement this Equity and Resilience Initiative. The initiative is designed to promote racial justice by investing in the infrastructure of seven trusted grassroots organizations that are led by and serve communities of color. Each organization will receive up to $125,000 and organizational coaching from a capacity building consultant firm.
The Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership (LARRP) is among the grantees.
Give Job Applicants with Criminal Records a Fair Chance
Harvard Business Review, by Margie Lee-Johnson, September 21, 2020
California becomes the first state in the nation to end collection of fees in the criminal legal system
Bay View, October 2, 2020
2020 Elections: Measure J aims to shift L.A. County law enforcement funds to community investment
Los Angeles Daily News, By Ryan Carter, October 1, 2020
Backers say it's vital in pushing back on the impact of racial injustice. Opponents say it's defunding the police.
NBA players’ historic push to increase turnout started by getting each other to vote
The Washington Post, By Candace Buckner, Oct. 1, 2020
Ban on chokeholds among California criminal justice reforms
ABC Eyewitness News, Thursday, October 1, 2020
Read or Watch
LA County Moves Closer To Redirecting Some Emergency Response Away From Law Enforcement
WitnessLA, by Taylor Walker, September 30, 2020
How Even a Casual Brush with the Law Can Permanently Mar a Young Man’s Life – especially if he’s Black
Even a single arrest, without conviction, can be devastating to the rest of a young man’s life – especially if he’s Black – particularly in terms of employment and earnings.
Portside, September 29, 2020 Gary Painter
Is LA County About To Critically Underfund Diversion Just When It’s Needed Most?
witnessLA, September 27, 2020 by Celeste Fremon
A new letter sent to the members of LA County Board of Supervisors from the ACLU of Southern California says that is exactly what is about to happen this coming Tuesday, September 29, unless changes are made in the county’s supplemental budget, which is about to come up for a vote.
Detainees at California’s for-profit ICE detention centers will soon be able to sue over abuse, harm
LA Times By Andrea Castillo, Sep. 28, 2020
From Inmate to Fire Captain: How a New CA Law Can Provide a Second Chance
Spectrum News, By Daniela Pardo Sacramento, Sep. 23, 2020
Artist Highlights the Social Justice Opportunities in Prison Art
Business Deccan, By Carl Vickers, September 25, 2020
If the 2.3 million American prison population were a city, it would be the fourth largest behind New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, all known for very vibrant art scenes.
Citizens Oversight Commissioner Robert Bonner Calls For The Resignation Of Sheriff Alex Villanueva.
Witness LA, September 17, 2020 by Celeste Fremon
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.
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
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.
Prisons and jails are rolling back free phone and video calls. They should be extending them instead
Prison Policy Initiative, by Wanda Bertram, September 11, 2020
Amidst a pandemic and recession, policymakers should be fighting for extended — if not permanent — financial relief for incarcerated people and their families.