Those of us who have been involved in the justice movement for the past few decades understand all too well the meaning of “staying the course.” I know that we all have endured a year like no other. We may still find ourselves taking stock of what we’ve done over the past several months and…

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As the LA County Board of Supervisors (BOS) began advancing their “care first, jail last” strategy in 2020 numerous public-private bodies (Commissions, Committees, Workgroups) were established to bring together justice stakeholders from government agencies, service providers and advocates to research, deliberate and make recommendations on how to enact a more JUST vision of LA’s Justice…

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What a year we have all had! 2020 will be a year seared in all of our memories. It’s been a year that has fundamentally challenged long-established certainties about what we think is safe and what we believe is healthy in all areas of our lives. Some people we’ve begun the year with are no…

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Published in the newsletter November 5, 2020   “The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Martin Luther King Jr., 1965 Tuesday was a good day for justice in Los Angeles County, and across the state. While we all wait for every vote to be counted to determine who the…

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LARRP is Participating in the Returning Citizens Stimulus Program 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…

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LARRP Member Organizations Care for the Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 For our May Spotlight we are highlighting 4 LARRP Member Organizations that are working to house and care for the increased amount of people who are being released from jail and prison daily. This is a monumental task that nearly every member of our community…

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As the year, and the decade, come to a close, I reflect on how far we have come. I encourage us all to keep the momentum going for the criminal justice reform successes we have collectively secured across our nation. LA County, our home, our place of service, the defacto 7th largest state, and home…

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When we say we want due process afforded to us we’re not asking you to bail us out of our responsibility to face the charges against us as you might say. We’re asking not to be locked up in a cage simply because we can’t afford the bail like some others can, even if they…

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“The California Community Reinvestment Grants program moves our community in the right direction, by helping us to begin addressing the biggest challenges in our communities ourselves. When we infuse resources into marginalized communities, we empower them to inspire, build and lift themselves up; because those that are most impacted by the system, are also those…

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Poetic Justice Series A New Series by LARRP Executive Director TROY VAUGHN WALLS Why do we create walls? To protect us or reject them?  To keep people out or to help people stay in? Are walls always seen, or can they be invisible to the eye; and we don’t know  where they end or even…

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