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VIDEO: Proposal To Reduce Recidivism Among LA County Probation Youth

Vowing to break America’s pipeline to prison for minority teens, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman announced a comprehensive proposal to prevent recidivism among Los Angeles County youths.

The analysis of “re-entry” in Los Angeles County — the process by which incarcerated youths leave custody and seek to establish themselves in society — examines the failures of the current system and proposes 10 steps for improvement.

Los Angeles County’s juvenile probation population is the largest in the nation, at 20,000. Nationwide one in three African American males born in 2001, and one out of six Latino males born that year are at risk of imprisonment, according to the Children’s Defense Fund.

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Job-Readiness Workshop For Persons Who Are Currently On Parole

Parole to Payroll

Research indicates that felons who get and keep a job for one year after release seldom return to prison!

Our Job Readiness Workshops address the special needs of persons with criminal convictions who desire to get and keep a job. The setting provides information and discussion on the following topics:

➢ Why it is difficult for persons with criminal convictions to get a job.
➢ Why it is important to obtain a copy of your criminal record before you seek employment.
➢ What questions potential employers can and cannot ask you.
➢ How to handle gaps in employment when job seeking.
➢ How to answer tough questions about criminal convictions on job applications and during job interviews.

Successful participants will take part in a graduation ceremony where they will receive a certificate of completion and supportive services to be used for your job search.

Eligibility
• Must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States
• Must currently be on parole with an assigned agent
• Must demonstrate a desire to become employed

National Urban League Supports Supervisor Ridley-Thomas' Call For Federal Investigation Into L.A. County Probation Department and Office of Education

The National Urban League today publicly endorsed Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ efforts to reform the Los Angeles County Probation Department and the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), calling for a federal investigation into the two Departments.

At the urging of Blair Taylor, CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial forwarded a letter of support to US Attorney General Eric C. Holder, urging the Department of Justice to begin criminal and civil investigations into the two County Departments.

“I applaud your leadership on the issue of juvenile justice reform and civil rights. We support your efforts to secure an investigation into the Los Angeles County Department of Probation, and the Los Angeles County Office of Education,” Morial wrote in his letter to the US Attorney.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas applauded the National Urban League’s endorsement of his call for a federal investigation as part of his efforts to protect the youth in the Probation system and restore public confidence in the Departments.

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Photo: Trustee John Mack, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial at the National Urban League Convention in Washington, D.C.

An Evening With Don Blevins – Chief of Probation

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and The Empowerment Congress
Invite you to an evening with:

Don Blevins, The New LA County Chief of Probation

Monday, July 19, 2010 (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

Exposition Park
Administrative Offices East
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Park in the lot next to the CA Museum of Science. Parking is FREE.

To confirm your attendance, please call 323-586-6523 or email mguevara@bos.lacounty.gov