Criminal Justice Measure Qualifies for L.A. County Ballot

“The time is now to reform America’s largest jail system and to root out misconduct in America’s largest sheriff’s department.”

On Friday, September 7, 2018, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk officially qualified the Reform L.A. Jails initiative to appear on the March 2020 Presidential Primary ballot. Organizers of the initiative obtained 247,315 signatures, which is more than 100,000 that is required to qualify for the ballot. The purpose of the initiative is to establish a citizen oversight committee to investigate deputy misconduct in Los Angeles County jails and to investigate alternatives to incarceration for vulnerable population groups, such as the homeless and mentally ill.

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

“The time is now to reform America’s largest jail system and to root out misconduct in America’s largest sheriff’s department.” - Jasmyne Cannick

As a result, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors must either adopt the measure or submit the measure to the public for a vote. They may also order a report on the measure prior to making a final decision. The decision to order the report, adopt the measure, or submit to voters must be made at their September 11th meeting.

“The People of Los Angeles County have spoken,” said Campaign Director Jasmyne Cannick. “The time is now to reform America’s largest jail system and to root out misconduct in America’s largest sheriff’s department. Our broad and diverse community achieved something truly phenomenal in submitting far more than enough signatures for this historic measure. We hope that the Board of Supervisors adopts Reform L.A. Jails as law at its next meeting but if it doesn’t, we look forward to victory at the ballot in 2020 because the People have 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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