Letter to Attorney General Kamala Harris

Los Angeles County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Don Knabe have asked California Attorney General Kamala Harris to create a statewide clearinghouse to analyze, research and catalog the best way to rehabilitate former inmates to effectively address the issue of recidivism.

Hoping it will reduce the number of former prisoners who re-offend, Los Angeles County has endorsed Governor Jerry Brown and the state legislature’s bill, SB 105, to allocate more resources to support mental health and drug addiction services.

Currently, it is estimated that California has a 65-70 percent recidivism rate. However, California does not have enough research or guidelines on how to reduce recidivism, which programs work and how to track their effectiveness to help local governments and law enforcement.

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