Los Angeles County Supervisors Act on Prison Reform Measure

On Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 supporters of Reform L.A. Jails, attended a meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to see how close their measure will be toward implementation.

On Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 supporters of Reform L.A. Jails, attended a meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to see how close their measure will be toward implementation. The measure which has received approximately 247,000 signatures, qualifies for the March 2020 ballot. The Board of Supervisors has the power to vote the measure into law, order an impact report, or send the measure to the voters.

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Twin Towers Correctional Facility, Los Angeles
(PHOTO CREDIT: Jjz3d83 at the English language Wikipedia)

“The Reform L.A. Jails initiative is the most comprehensive measure to end L.A. County’s addiction to incarceration while also building towards greater accountability for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.” — Patrisse Cullors, Reform L.A. Jails

The Board decided to order a study to determine what impacts the measure will have on the County. They now have until October 11 to either adopt the measure or to send it to the voters for the March 2020 election.

“I’ve spent the last decade working on criminal justice reform in Los Angeles County,” said Reform L.A. Jails Campaign Chairperson Patrisse Cullors in a published statement. “The Reform L.A. Jails initiative is the most comprehensive measure to end L.A. County’s addiction to incarceration while also building towards greater accountability for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. We are living in a historical moment. I am urging the five members of the Board of Supervisors to adopt the Reform L.A. Jails initiative while they still have the chance to. If they don’t, the people of Los Angeles County will. Over 247,000 of us have already spoken.”

More than 150 organizations and community leaders have endorsed the Reform L.A. Jails Campaign. For more information about the initiative, you can visit their website at www.ReformLAJails.com.

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