Upcoming Events

LARRP's Free Legal Clinics 
The first Saturday of every month

Next Clinic:  
December 7, 2019
10AM -1PM 
Amity Foundation
3750 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90007

Last meeting of the Year!

Education Committee Meeting

December 19th, 2019
4:00-5:30
LATTC

Next LARRP General Meeting

January 9, 2019 
9:30am – 12:00pm

Inglewood Community Church 742 N. La Brea Ave

Save the Date January 16th, 2020
Next Year's Committee Meetings
Education Committee -
January 16, 2020
4:00-5:30
Housing Committee -
January 16, 2020
1:00 -3:00
Employment Committee -
January 16, 2020
9:00 - 1:00
All locations tbd

Partner Events

December 8th
12:00 PM
4423 Santa Monica Blvd
LA, CA, 90299
Naloxone training event with Bob Forrest
Food and music will be provided
Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council Meeting
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Liberty Community Plaza
14181 Telegraph Road Whittier CA 90604
The LA Coalition for DA Justice & Accountability presents
A District Attorney Candidate Debate
December 11, 2019 
6-9:30 
California African American Museum
District attorneys are the most powerful elected officials within the criminal legal system, yet voter turnout for DA elections is historically low. On March 3, 2020, LA County will hold its first contested DA race since 2012. Due to a rising swell of transformational criminal justice efforts and focus on the power of district attorneys, DA Lacey will run against at least 3 other reform-minded candidates: Richard Ceballos, George Gascón, and Rachel Rossi.

OPPORTUNITIES

Soros Justice Fellowships
The Soros Justice Fellowships fund outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system.
Full applications are due on November 20, 2019
Centralized Training Academy
Homeless Health Care Los Angeles (HHCLA) is excited to announce the launch of several new FREE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES for entry level, mid-level and supervisory staff in the homeless services sector!!
For More Info and to register:

WAF Study

As part of California's Workforce Accelerator Fund (WAF), Friends Outside in Los Angeles County has begun conducting research to understand the impacts of federal and state polices on individuals with sex offenses (adult and juveniles)
If you know of anyone with a sex offense who would like to participate in this study, or participate in the workforce program, or both, please contact our lead consultant, Luis Barrera Castañón For further information about the program, please contact Mary Weaver.

Get Involved!

Alternatives To Incarceration

Unlock the Vote Campaign:

Request for Volunteers

The Unlock the Vote campaign aims to amplify the voices of justice-involved and justice-impacted folks in our democracy. We are embarking on a campaign to reduce barriers to registration and voting for justice-involved and justice-impacted folks in Los
Angeles County.
By disseminating information and educating disenfranchised communities, we can increase voting access to at least the 17,000 people inside the LA jails!
To do this, LARRP, along with a number of community partners including ANOWL, will educate and register individuals who are incarcerated inside the LA jails as well as engage with the justice-impacted community at re-entry fairs.
In order to engage with as many people who are impacted as possible, we need your support.
We will need volunteers:
• To go inside the jail facilities to educate and register*,
• At the visitor’s line educate and register family and friends,
• To help with mailings,
• To attend reentry fairs to educate and register people who are
CJ-impacted
• And so much more
If you and/or your organization are interested in any of the above, please contact Joe Paul, Managing Director of LARRP, at joe@lareentry.org

Poetic Justice

A new Series by LARRP Executive Director, Troy Vaugn!

While many know Troy Vaughn as the Executive Director of LARRP, the CEO of CCM Reentry Homes, or as Pastor of Inglewood Community Church, Troy is also an artist. LARRP is excited to feature Troy's "Poetic Justice Series" on our blog space from time to time.

County government

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

Special Announcement
LARRP Receives Two Awards from the California Community Reinvestment Grant (CalCRG)

Click here to read the details:

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.

News

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

California Is Letting Thousands of Prisoners Out Early. Its Housing Crisis Is Keeping Them From Starting Over.
Mother Jones, December 2019
By Marisa Endicott
Many people end up in 12-step programs even if they don’t have addiction issues, or in other facilities that resemble the prisons they just left.
Read the article
Some criminal justice reform measures taking hold slowly as judges and prosecutors oppose them
Two major reform bills passed by legislators in Sacramento are not getting much traction in practice in the state’s large counties
San Diego Union Tribune
By Greg Moran, Nov. 24, 2019
How College In Prison Turns Around Lives And Saves Taxpayers Money
Forbes
Nov 23, 2019, Evan Gerstmann
Where Prisons Are A Last Resort
How Finland & Norway Cut Prisons, Increased Social Programs, and Boosted Public Safety
Nov 23 by By Richie “Reseda” Edmond-Vargas, Co-Founder, Initiate Justice
“You know what the difference is between Finland and the U.S.? In the U.S., you have to earn being a human.”
Algorithms were supposed to make Virginia judges fairer. What happened was far more complicated
The Washington Post 
Andrew Van Dam, November 19, 2019
Appeals Court Upholds California’s Revamped Felony-Murder Accomplice Law
Courthouse News Service
Martin Macias Jr, November 19, 2019
Since you asked: Is it me, or is the government releasing less data about the criminal justice system?
Prison Policy Initiative
by Wendy Sawyer, November 14, 2019
The Bureau of Justice Statistics is tasked with collecting, analyzing, and publishing data about the criminal justice system. But its reports are slowing down - and its framing of criminal justice issues is becoming more punitive.
Los Angeles unveils first ever bridge housing project for trans women

Casa de Zulma aims to help vulnerable community members get back on their feet.
USC Annenberg Media
By Hayley Smith, November 14
Patrisse Cullors, LA Reform Jails Tackle Mental Health, Mass Incarceration with Mental Health Matters Summit + Day Party
The Root, Jay Connor, 11/15/19
DA Backs Off Hardline Stance on Immigrants Caught With Weed
The abrupt reversal ends the office’s argument against a state law intended to protect minor drug offenders who agreed to pretrial diversion program from deportation.
Felipe De La Hoz, Daily Beast, Oct 30, 2019
ICE Contractors Continue to Have Access to LA Jails, Transfers Down
No action was taken by the board.
Elizabeth Marcellino, NBC Los Angeles, Oct 29, 2019
Despite campaign promises by Sheriff Alex Villanueva to remove ICE agents from county jails, all that has changed about how inmates are released into immigration custody is an 80-foot walk through the county jail, according to a county watchdog.
Los Angeles County Works to Transform Criminal Justice Through Collaboration
Erin O’donnell
Next City, October 25, 2019
...In Los Angeles County, which has the largest jail and probation systems in the country, leaders are finding innovative ways to collaborate — sometimes for the first time — within departments, across agencies, and with the community.

Criminal justice reform targets court fines, fees

By Greg Moran,
The San Diego Union Tribune,  Oct. 22, 2019
The state’s bewildering system of court fines and fees is now the target of reformers, who say it unfairly punishes the poor and is a bad way to fund the court system