LARRP Committee Meetings
December 6, 2021
Dec 8, 2021
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
An open discussion with attendees on Covid related issues, primarily focusing on vaccine mandates. Please come share your challenges, successes, best practices!
January General Meeting
NO DECEMBER GENERAL MEETING!
January 20, 2021, 10:00 AM
NARCAN and Harm Reduction Trainings - December
- Harm Reduction & Structural Violence against people who use drugs
December 14, 10:00am
- Narcan training
(December 20, 9:30am)
LATTC Piie & Amaranth Club Present: Record Clearing For LATTC Students
December 1, 2021, 10:00 am -2:00 pm
ASO Room C-105
LAHSA's State of Homelessness Panel Series
Thursday December 2, 2021
Join us and our expert panel for an hour-long conversation on permanent and affordable housing.
The evening will kick off with Matt Schwartz, President, and CEO of California Housing Partnership, presenting his organization's 2021 Los Angeles County Affordable Housing Needs Report and his policy recommendations for closing the affordable housing gap.
Lunch and Learn: Trust Your Gut
Thursday December 9th, 12 - 1:30pm
The Polyvagal Theory of Stephen Porges, PhD, has been with us for 25 years, but the practical application to therapy has been slow to develop. Porges’ research eloquently describes the dual role of the Vagus nerve in regulating the autonomic nervous system, and how it functions subliminally as part of our “social engagement system.” This workshop will explore how this seminal research can be operationalized to help patients recovering from substance use disorders, PTSD, attachment disorders and emotional dysregulation. This interactive presentation will explore how these autonomic responses can be brought into both cognitive and somatic awareness and turned into powerful tools for recovery and relapse prevention.
Racial Disparities in Policing
Monday, December 13
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m
Occidental College Professors Seva Rodnyansky and Jorgen Harris will present key findings from their report Glendale Arrests: Prevalence, Racial Disparities, and Implications
Michelle Rojas-Soto, Policing Subcommittee of the Coalition for an Anti-Racist Glendale, will moderate the conversation and present the Coalition from an Anti-Racist Glendale’s data-driven policy recommendations to promote a more just and equitable Glendale. YWCA Glendale and Pasadena will host this conversation.
Building Healthy Communities Coronavirus & Influenza Awareness
732 N La Brea Ave, Inglewood, CA, 90302
Stay safe for the holidays by joining us on November 11th from noon until 3PM to get your coronavirus and/or influenza vaccine shots for you and your kiddos! Remember to bring a valid ID, insurance card, and CDC card, if you have it. Minors will need to come with an adult and provide valid school ID, passport, or online school portal confirmation on phone and additional written proof of minor's birthday. For flu shots there will be a fee for those uninsured or who have Kiaser Permamente as their providers, or we can refer you to a free clinic. We'll have additional resources regarding vaccines and medical professionals onsite to help answer any questions you may have.
December 16, 2021
Share Your Burger, Not COVID
February 17, 2022
Let's Get Vaccinated! You Make The Difference!
April 21, 2022
Do Good In Your Hood Launch Party
REGISTER for any and all of these!!!
D.O.O.R.S (Developing Opportunities And Offering Reentry Solutions)
Community Reentry Center Orientations
Mondays 9 AM-10 AM IN PERSON!
MEETING ID: 836-3062-3920 (No Password Required) CALL-IN NUMBER: 1-669-900-9128
LA Coalition for DA Justice and Accountability Meeting
Fourth Thursdays of the month,
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.
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
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.
Keep up with the Board of Supervisors meetings, motions and resources at LARRP Steering Committee member, Joseph Maizlish’s site
Improving Outcomes For Registrants
An Employment Program Of Friends Outside In Los Angeles County
Friends Outside in Los Angeles County is pleased to announce a new employment program for Registrants. We are currently recruiting individuals to participate in our re-entry cohorts
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Minority Fellowship Program for Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC)
The program will administer up to 40 Master’s degree-level counseling fellowships of $15,000 for addictions counseling students, plus the travel expenses to participate in other program-related trainings.
Deadline: December 15, 2021
Pathways 4 Equity Program, a 12-month career fellowship
Exciting Opportunity for women who have been impacted by the criminal legal system!
We would like to select at least 3 women from the LA County area by the end of October 2021. They would go through a 3-month preparation phase then be placed in a 9-month career fellowship with an employer partner in the Long Beach area.
More Info and apply HERE
An uplifting announcement for those impacted by the Criminal Justice System. Cerritos College has a great program to provide tangible resources and financial support for current or future students who are currently under supervision with the Los Angeles County Department of Probation. Those interested in learning more please contact: Mark Gambala, at Mgambala@cerritos.edu.
Bringing Incarcerated Survivors into the #MeToo Movement
Incarcerated survivors can’t share their #MeToo stories through social media. That’s why JDI worked with people living in two South Carolina women’s prisons, along with artist Cathy Salser, to create #PrisonersToo — an art installation through which incarcerated people can tell their stories to each other and to the outside world.
View the video and the photos below to see the stories that incarcerated survivors are sharing with you. Then write your message, which will become part of the #PrisonersToo installation, letting incarcerated survivors know that you are listening and that their stories matter.
Seeking Participants For Study On Criminal Records
The Impact of Automated Record Clearance on Individuals, Families, and Communities
$40 Compensation Will Be Provided
Interviews will last approximately 45-60 minutes and be conducted via phone or video.
For questions, email the study team at firstname.lastname@example.org or text us at (669) 696-3967
REDF Accelerator Application Now Open!
Do you lead a mission-driven business that hires and provides support to individuals striving to build a better life and overcome employment barriers? Are you ready to expand your network, extend your reach, and increase your impact? Apply to join the REDF Accelerator, a five month "mini-MBA" program designed exclusively for leaders of employment social enterprises.
The application for our next cohort - which begins on January 24, 2022 - is open now through Friday, October 22.
Do you work with Individuals with Substance Use Disorder who are Incarcerated or have been Formerly Incarcerated?
Join Our FREE Learning Collab, Receive Over $8K, and Pioneer an Evidenced-Informed Curriculum about the Chronic Nature of Addiction. Reach out to Mikayla Bobrow at email@example.com to get started today!
Activities begin October 2021. We are registering interested organizations on a rolling basis. Dates subject to change
Project Return Peer Support Network
PRPSN Is Seeking To: Build Relationships For Re- Entry & Bilingual Peers In Service Areas 6 And 7. We Are Currently Ready To Offer: Peer Facilitated Support GroupsFor further information and to schedule a presentation for your staff and/or members please contact: Maria (Mari) Rodriguez, Reentry Specialist. Cell: 323-794-3190. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.prpsn.org
PRPSN also wishes to establish relationships with programs at re-entry and/or behavioral social service organizations.
Third Party Administrators (Tpas)
Needed To Direct Care First Community Investments
Allocations are due by Friday, September 17, 2021 at noon
Last week, the Board of Supervisors approved an unprecedented $187.7 million spending package to advance the county's care first, jails last vision with a series of direct community investments and funding for alternatives to incarceration—accelerating the process of creating a more just and equitable Los Angeles County for all residents.
As part of the package, known as the Care First Community Investment (formerly Measure J), more than $60 million will be allocated to direct community investments and many of those programs will be administered by a third party administrator(s) (TPA) with direct ties to the community.
The County is seeking qualified applicants to serve as the TPA(s).
CLICK HERE for more information and to apply.
Your Input Is Needed:
The Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative developed 51 strategies in 2016 to address and prevent homelessness. The Board of Supervisors has called for a reassessment of the Homeless Initiative strategies so that the County can double down on proven solutions, make necessary modifications, and develop new approaches. Please attend one of 9 community input meetings to help update the Homeless Initiative strategies.
The LARRP Ad Hoc Committee
on Public Health and Safety
According to L.A. Times: “As COVID-19 began hospitalizing and killing more people in Los Angeles last year, so did shootings in the street. The increased bloodshed, much of it linked to gangs, surged as the economy faltered, leading to the deadliest year of violence in L.A. in a decade.”
Unlike COVID 19, which spawned the creation of a vaccine to slow the ravages of the deadly virus in less than 12 months, there is, to date, no remedy for the persistent and chronic plague of the senseless civil war among our young black males.In mid August, I hosted a group of national experts on urban gun violence to consider remedies and long term solutions that will impact this civil war amongst young men and women of color. We as a people are having a “Come to Jesus Moment” addressing this issue in our community literally takes all of our collective will. Because no amount of money, without a persistent will of the people, will eradicate the level of violence we see escalating among our children.
At LARRP we felt it is urgent to address our local gun violence crisis. Thus we are launching the Ad hoc Committee on Public Health and Safety. More specific details to follow, but if you are interested in participating please sign up below.
LARRP Managing Director
October Housing Rights in Your City
Learn how your city is protecting tenants and landlords during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join one of HRC's online workshops to learn the rights you have, where you live.
For an archive of reentry and criminal justice related news, please see our News Archive which goes back years!
He’s Remaking Criminal Justice in L.A. But How Far Is Too Far?
New York Times Magazine, By Emily Bazelon and Jennifer Medina, Nov. 17, 2021
To keep people out of prison, George Gascón is risking everything: rising violent crime, a staff rebellion and the votes that made him district attorney.
Letter: Build Back Better Act
The Vera Institute of Justice (Vera), a national criminal legal reform and immigrant justice organization, commends the U.S. House of Representatives on the passage of the Build Back Better (BBB) Act, a bill making historic investments in economic and climate change policy that will strengthen our economy and communities across the country for generations to come. We encourage the Senate to take up the bill and pass it quickly while keeping the package intact and ensuring the intended impact of the policy—to improve people’s lives and strengthen communities and the economy—is realized.
District Attorney Gascón Announces the Launch of Pre-Filing Diversion Program for Youth
November 17, 2021
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón today announced the launch of a victim-centered, pre-filing diversion program for youth.
“This program will help repair the immense harm that criminal behavior inflicts on our community by giving crime victims the opportunity to actively participate in the restorative justice process,” District Attorney Gascón said.
“While victims cannot generally attend the juvenile court process, through restorative justice, we can give crime victims a chance to be a meaningful part of the process to determine appropriate restitution and resolution,” said Jessica Ellis, executive director of Centinela Youth Services and the Everychild Restorative Justice Center.
Lawmakers Cannot Ignore the Victimization of Children in the Justice System | Opinion
Newsweek, By J. Douglas Overbey And George Gascón , Prosecutors, 11/4/21
As prosecutors who come from opposite sides of the political aisle, we have seen first-hand how our laws have resulted in unfair, and at times, harsh and callous punishment imposed on vulnerable children
Inside an LAPD crime briefing: Homicides, ‘hood days’ and the ‘compounding’ violence
LA Times, by Kevin Rector, Oct. 31, 2021
Editorial: For former prisoners to have a shot at a normal life, we need successful reentry programs
By The LA Times Editorial Board, Oct. 28, 2021
Coming home from prison can be as scary as staying inside. In fact it can be worse, especially for people without a supportive family to offer housing and meals, and to assist in finding employment, medical care and other services.
New California group forms to aid inmates’ return to society
AP By Don Thompson, October 28, 2021
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The most populous U.S. state not surprisingly has the most people being released from its prisons and jails. And now it has what organizers said Thursday is the nation’s first statewide coordinated effort to help them reintegrate back into the community.
The newly formed Re-Entry Providers Association of California includes some of the state’s largest reentry service providers who plan to jointly lobby state and local government officials on behalf of former prisoners.
This Is What Happened When a Kentucky County Closed Its Jail
The Vera Institute of Justice, by Jack Norton, October 28, 2021
On April 20, 2021, the Lewis County Fiscal Court—the county’s governing body—met in Vanceburg, Kentucky, and voted unanimously to close the Lewis County Detention Center, the county jail.
Claudette Colvin was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a bus. Now she's fighting to get her record expunged
LA County votes to ramp up services for LGBTQ+ jail population
Los Angeles daily News, By Elizabeth Marcellino. October 19, 2021
Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, the motion's lead author, said the proposal also addresses a concern that too many women — including those who are pregnant or elderly — are being needlessly jailed.
LA County tees up agreement with Metro for mental-health crisis response teams
Los Angeles Daily News, City News Service, October 19, 2021
Mental health teams are expected to be accessible through a new national mental health crisis hotline, 988, next summer.
Let the Punishment Fit the Crime
NY Times Opinion, By Ben Austen and Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Oct. 23, 2021
In 2018, at a maximum-security prison an hour outside of Chicago, a debate team gathered on a stage to argue the merits of reinstating parole in Illinois. Under current law — Illinois abolished discretionary parole in 1978 for all future offenders — none of the 14 members of the Stateville Correctional Center debate team would ever get to appear before a parole board.
An Outlier of Injustice
Introduction To Special Issue
Science Magazine, Tage Rai and Brad Wible, October 15th
Amid burgeoning interest in scholarship on criminal justice, this special issue examines social science research on the state of mass incarceration in the US: its origin and expansion, its far-reaching effects on families and communities, and why the public tolerates and encourages it.
U.S. Attorney’s Office and Law Enforcement Partners Address Surge in Violent Crime through Strategic Prosecutions and Community Outreach
Southern District of California, News Release Summary – October 19, 2021
SAN DIEGO – To address an increase in violent crime, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and its law enforcement partners in the Southern District of California have launched an effort to strategically prosecute the region’s most violent and prolific offenders who are believed to be most responsible for the spike, including those with criminal history and criminal gang affiliation who commit gun crimes.
Joel Castón Is the First Elected Representative for an Incarcerated Population
Vice News, Oct 18, 2021
One of Washington, D.C.’s newest public servants has unique circumstances. Joel Castón has been incarcerated for nearly 27 years. Alzo Slade spent time with him to hear about his historic election and how he’s empowering his constituents, most of whom also live in the jail.
Ridley-Thomas was at the center of L.A.’s fight against homelessness. What happens now?
LA Times, By Benjamin Oreskes, Doug Smith, Oct. 16, 2021
Mark Ridley-Thomas faces a federal corruption indictment that threatens his legacy as the political leader who carried the cause of homeless people on his shoulders
Column: Why South L.A. is staying loyal to Ridley-Thomas, even as he faces federal charges
California ends mandatory minimum drug sentence rules
AP, By Don Thompson, October 5, 2021
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom ended mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug crimes in the nation’s most populous state on Tuesday, giving judges more discretion to impose alternative sentences.
Reforming California’s juvenile justice system proving difficult
Betty Márquez Rosales, October 7, 2021
Once shunned, people convicted of felonies find more employers open to hiring them
LA Times, By Don Lee, Oct. 5, 2021
This story features LARRP long-time partner Chrysalis
How a Black lawmaker from L.A. won a ‘mammoth fight’ to oust bad cops
LA Times, By Anita Chabria Oct. 1, 2021
SACRAMENTO — In 2019, Fouzia Almarou was speaking at a police reform rally at Rowley Park in Gardena when a man she didn’t know made her a promise she didn’t quite trust.
Gardena police had shot Almarou’s son, Kenneth Ross Jr., at the park a year earlier, and she was marking the one-year “angel-versary” of his death.
State Sen. Steven Bradford, who grew up in the neighborhood as part of the first Black family on his block, told the mourning mom that he was going to change California law in the name of her lost son. He would make sure that officers with questionable pasts couldn’t jump from one job to the next to avoid accountability.
Is the Window for System Change Closing?
The Crime Report, By Jamila Hodge, September 30, 2021
Gov. Newsom approves sweeping reforms to law enforcement in California
SACRAMENTO — More than a year after George Floyd’s death, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a stack of bills on Thursday aimed at holding California law enforcement officers accountable for misconduct and restricting uses of force that have resulted in death and injury.
Column: Great news for victims of L.A.'s drug war: Your cannabis convictions will soon vanish
LA Times, By Robin Abcarian Columnist, Sept. 29, 2021
Opinion piece featuring an interview with LARRP Cofounder Lynne Lyman
Newsom Signs Dozens of Affordable Housing Bills Into Law
Newsom said California is cutting red tape and investing state dollars to build 84,000 new housing units
NBC News, By Melissa Colorado, September 28, 2021