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South Los Angeles Elected Leaders Host Re-entry Town Hall

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Representative Karen Bass

Representative Karen Bass (D-Calif.), State Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Culver City) and Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles) invited members of the community to learn more about new laws and services impacting formerly incarcerated people and their families on Saturday, March 15 at the Crenshaw Christian Center, in Los Angeles.

As California implements and the federal government discussed reforms to our state and national criminal justice system, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), State Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Culver City) and Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles) brought together policy makers and service providers to hear from the community about the type of resources that are needed for individuals and families that will be affected by the policy changes.

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Senator Holly Mitchell

“The goal of the meeting was be to assist California’s ex-offenders and their families as their loved ones re-enter society,” said Congresswoman Bass. “We will have people on hand to help formerly incarcerated individuals and their families obtain services to be successful in the next chapter of their lives.”

“In addition to sharing information about new re-entry policies, such as reduced sentences for inmates who undertake vocational or life skills training,” said Senator Mitchell, “We want to hear from family members and people who were incarcerated about what helps make life on the outside work for them.”

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Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer

I am pushing to turn the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from a system perpetuating overcrowded prisons and hopelessness to a department where “rehabilitation” is more than a word in a title and is truly administered,” said Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer.  “To turn our broken prison system around and reduce outrageous recidivism rates, we need much better re-entry services for those we are releasing back into society.”

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