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Criminal Justice System Reform


Historic Challenges –Historic Change: Striving Toward Transformative Solutions

Thursday, March 18, 2021
10:00am - 11:15am

Through unprecedented turbulence and great change comes tremendous opportunity. Join Funders Together to End Homelessness for a conversation about two initiatives that have the ability to transform how Los Angeles and California address crisis and systemic inequities in our communities.

Measure J was a historic ballot measure passed by Los Angeles County voters on November 3rd that amended the Los Angeles County Charter to require at least 10% of locally controlled revenue (about a billion dollars) to be invested into local communities and alternatives to incarceration. Healthcare, housing, jobs, youth programs, and alternatives to incarceration are ultimately what create real public safety and thriving communities. However, over the years LA County has seen unrestricted funds to the judicial system, jails and law enforcement grow massively as low-income, primarily Black and Brown communities go underinvested. Measure J served as a mandate from voters to elected officials: We need to reprioritize our budgets and taxpayer dollars to serve the needs of our communities in ways that align with our values of racial and economic equity and justice.

AB 71 (Bring CA Home) establishes a permanent source of funding and a collaborative statewide strategy for solving homelessness. It is a fundamental remaining of how California fights our homelessness epidemic, centralizing state programs, demanding measurable results, and establishing a permanent, ongoing source of funding to support housing and services across the state. It contains strict accountability measures -- such as rewarding local governments who are hitting aggressive goals, enacting regular public reporting, and strengthening data collection at the local level -- so the resources are being spent wisely. AB 71 also creates new innovative programs to eliminate racial bias, ensure youth and survivors of domestic violence have access to better care and enhance coordination and collaboration between the state and local governments and among state and local agencies.

Panelists will also offer insight into the shifting political landscape and the opportunities and challenges presented within the current political environment. 



Ivette Alé 

Senior Policy Lead, Dignity and Power Now

Co-founder, La Defensa

Ivette Alé is a queer Latinx grassroots organizer and advocate leading campaigns to reform the criminal legal system in California. Their history growing up in Southern California as an undocumented person and as the child of an incarcerated person, has informed their activism throughout their career. As the Campaign Coordinator for JusticeLA, Ivette led the coalition to historic victories, including ending LA County’s $3.5 billion jail expansion plan in 2019, the adoption of Los Angeles County's groundbreaking Alternatives to Incarceration roadmap and the passing of Measure J in 2020. They serve as Senior Policy Lead for Dignity and Power Now and Co-Founder of La Defensa. Ivette also serves as an LA County Commissioner on the Gender Responsive Advisory Committee and the Public Safety Realignment Team. Ivette is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Political Science, a Women’s Policy Institute Fellow and a UCLA Law Fellow.

Marlon Derek Pryor

CSH SpeakUp! Advocate and Wellness Ambassador

The Center in Hollywood

Marlon Derek Pryor is a CSH SpeakUp! Advocate and Wellness Ambassador with The Center in Hollywood. Mr. Pryor communicates his time spent in homelessness to promote equity and social change, as well as safe, adequate, and affordable housing for all.  He has been a leading voice on Assembly Bill 71 and looks forward to all opportunities to share his experience, strength, and hope on the matter.

Sharon L. Rapport

Director, California State Policy

As the Director for California Policy at the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), Sharon Rapport advances a California policy agenda across multiple issues affecting people experiencing homelessness. Ms. Rapport has been instrumental in passing CSH-sponsored legislation, including legislation to create a Medicaid benefit for housing-based services (the Health Homes Program), a streamlined process for building supportive housing, a program to fund housing and services for homeless child-welfare-involved families (Bringing Families Home), a ballot initiative to repurpose existing bonds to create thousands of apartments affordable to veterans experiencing homelessness or poverty (the Veterans Housing & Homelessness Prevention program), and a program providing grants to counties to fund rental assistance for chronically homeless Medi-Cal beneficiaries (Housing for a Healthy California). Ms. Rapport has not only collaborated with agencies and stakeholders to implement new programs, she has provided technical assistance to the Department of Health Care Services in proposing funding for housing and services for California’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver, facilitating the creation of the Whole Person Care pilot, and to the Department of Housing & Community Development to implement a $2 billion housing bond (No Place Like Home). She has been appointed to multiple decision-making bodies, including an appointment to Governor Newsom’s Council of Regional Homeless Advisors, the CalAIM Medi-Cal work group on enhanced care management and in lieu of services, the Executive Steering Committee for the Adult Reentry Grant, and an 1115 Medicaid Waiver Stakeholder Committee. Prior to joining CSH, Ms. Rapport worked as a Congressional Fellow for U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), focusing on housing and judiciary issues, and previously managed a large legal office as a Hearing Office Director for the Office of Hearings & Appeals (SSA).


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Who May Attend
Current SCG members and eligible non-members

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Supporting Community-Driven Safety Solutions

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am

For decades, local communities have organized to win more significant investments in community prevention and treatment programs designed to address the root causes of criminalized behavior in local neighborhoods.

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CCJFG | 2020 Funder Education, Part 1: Prison Industrial Complex Abolition

Friday, March 20, 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm

What is prison industrial complex abolition? What does it mean to organize from the orientation of abolition? How would our funding practices shift if we adopted abolitionist principles?

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CCJFG Webinar: The Transformative In-Prison Workgroup and the Fight for Healing in Prison

Friday, March 13, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am

Meet the Californians bringing healing and transformative programs to state prisons, and hear how a growing statewide campaign is calling for 1% of the corrections budget to be reinvested in community-run prison programs.

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California Criminal Justice Funders Group Meeting - Supporting the Leadership of Formerly Incarcerated People

Thursday, February 7, 2019
12:30pm - 2:30pm
The San Francisco Foundation

This will be a hybrid in-person briefing including lunch at Northern CA Grantmakers in San Francisco as well as a webinar for others to connect remotely. 

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The L.A. Model: A Tour of Camp Kirby

Thursday, December 6, 2018
9:00am - 4:00pm
Camp Kirby

***Update: Due to the wildfires in Malibu, this meeting has been relocated to another juvenile probation facility, Camp Kirby. Camp Kirby is located at 1500 S. McDonnell Ave, Commerce, CA 90022.

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A Roadmap for Advancing Youth Diversion in Los Angeles County

Friday, March 9, 2018
10:00am - 1:00pm
Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Aspen Hall 101

California Funders for Boys and Men of Color invite SCG members to a briefing and discussion on advancing youth diversion in Los Angeles County with Judge Peter Espinoza, L