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Reentry in Los Angeles County: Closing the “Revolving Door”

Laura Abrams, UC Los Angeles
May 12, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Los Angeles County has one of the largest probation systems in the country, including for juveniles. Based on pending policy changes and budget cuts in the State of California, increasing numbers of incarcerated youth will soon be transferred from the state to already overburdened county systems. Studies have shown that up to 85% of incarcerated juveniles will wind up in the adult penal system. Targeted reentry interventions are no long an “add-on” or an afterthought; they are an imperative for closing the revolving door of young people (ages 16-24), particularly young men of color, moving in and out of the criminal justice system. This presentation will cover a brief history of reentry policies for young offenders, pending policy changes and an overview of the current, and then present a case study of Los Angeles County to showcase potential solutions as well as barriers to reentry success. This case study is based on use of archival data, mapping, as well as interviews and focus groups with nearly 100 stakeholders in the County. The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Labor for the “Young Offender Reentry Planning Grant” awarded to the Los Angeles County Department of Community and Senior Services.

Laura S. Abrams is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Doctoral Program in Social Welfare at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. She received her MSW in 1993 and her Ph.D. in 2000 from UC Berkeley. She is currently Principal Investigator of the “UCLA Juvenile Justice and Reentry Project” which seeks to identify and implement research-based solutions for pressing policy and practices related to incarcerated youth. Her prior research examined the integration and practice of treatment programs in juvenile correctional facilities and the process of identity change for young offenders. She is currently interested in using mixed methods to understand how neighborhood-based interventions can improve reentry experiences and outcomes for young people. Dr. Abrams is the author of over 35 peer-reviewed journal articles. Her first book on the juvenile justice system will be published by Rutgers University Press in 2012.

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Los Angeles County Young Offender Blueprint

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