Office of Diversion & Reentry
The mission of the Office of Diversion and Reentry’s Reentry Division is to develop and implement programming for justice-involved individuals to improve health outcomes, increase self-sufficiency, and reduce recidivism. ODR partners with community-based and County agencies to provide services that are evidence and data driven, and based on the needs of the client. ODR also supports community-based organizations to build their capacity to provide the most effective services; and collaborates with County agencies to leverage resources to improve the systems serving the justice-involved population.
Guiding Principles: Efforts are informed by the experiences of justice-involved individuals; Services are based on the needs of the client; Programming is developed using evidence-based practices; Sustainability, Racial, Gender, and Economic Equity.
Our most recent reentry division dashboard provides the numbers served by programs.
Our Prop 47 two-year preliminary report describes the reentry programming that has been developed and implemented with the first cohort of Prop 47 funding.
ODR’s Reentry Leaders Go To the Capitols!
Vanessa Martin, Director of Reentry, testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security on February 27th!
Watch the video! (See at 1:10:22 in the video).
Read the written testimony!
For more information about the hearing, go here.
Tasha Stiger, Senior Program Manager of DOORS Reentry Center, joins ROC Probation leaders as a speaker at the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) Annual Conference in Sacramento California February 26, 2020.
Tasha Stiger talked about the use of SB678 funds to extend service contracts to community organizations and working with other Los Angeles County partners to open the state of the art Reentry Center by which justice involved individuals, their families and the community can receive valuable services.
Watch Governor Newsom speak at the CPOC.
To hear Probation Chief highlight the impact of SB 678, click here.
Reentry Intensive Case Management Services (R-ICMS)
Reentry Intensive Case Management Services (R-ICMS) seeks to improve the health and well-being of justice-involved individuals by providing case management and service navigation. Community Health Workers with lived experience will support individuals by determining their needs and making connections to relevant organizations and services including: stabilizing needs, enrollment in social services, physical and mental health, housing support, employment and education, cognitive behavioral interventions, arts and entrepreneurship programming, and substance use disorder treatment.
Breaking Barriers is a 24-month Rapid Rehousing program managed by Brilliant Corners which serves adults on felony probation in Los Angeles County who are experiencing homelessness and can work full-time. The program combines assistance with housing services, case management and employment services provided through Chrysalis. Read more about Breaking Barriers here.
Innovative Employment Solutions
A key strategy for supporting reentry is increasing employment opportunities and earnings for the justice involved population. The Reentry division of ODR supports employment services through the recently launched INVEST program, in collaborating with the Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) and County of Los Angeles Probation Department. The INVEST program coordinates Probation supervision programs with the WDACS’ workforce development system to provide training and support that will help Probationers enter into the workforce on a meaningful career path. ODR is also intending to expand its support for Innovative Employment Solutions aimed at the reentry population in the coming year.
The Office of Diversion and Reentry is a proud partner of the Fair Chance Campaign. We support justice-involved individuals and Fair Chance hiring practices. Click on the logo to learn more about the Fair Chance Campaign.
College and Career
ODR’s College and Career program partners with post secondary institutions to assist justice-involved individuals who wish to continue their education. These programs guide students in navigating the educational and employment landscape and provide the support necessary for academic success.
Community Reentry Center
The Office of Diversion and Reentry partnered to open the Community Reentry Center (CRC) located at 3965 Vermont Ave in Los Angeles called DOORS (Developing Opportunities and Offering Reentry Solutions). DOORS provides an array of comprehensive supportive services to address the barriers of individuals on adult felony supervision, their families and the community. Such services include but are not limited to housing, employment, legal aid, educational support, mental health assessment and linkage, substance use counseling and health and healing through the arts. The services are provided in a welcoming environment by county partners and community-based organizations that are considered leaders in the reentry work and experienced professionals with high risk communities. If you would like to know more about DOORS, you may contact Tasha McFashion-Stiger (TMcfashion-Stiger@dhs.lacounty.gov) or Cherise Stephens (CStephens@dhs.lacounty.gov).
Provider Organizations at DOORS:
A New Way of Life (Family Preservation)
Department of Mental Health (Mental Health Support And Linkage)
Department of Public Social Services (Social Services)
Five Keys (Education, Parenting, Anger Management, Domestic Violence Education)
Homeboy Industries (Art Academy)
HOPICS (Case Management, Substance Use Screening, and Housing)
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (Legal Support)
Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership (Community Outreach and Engagement)
LA Free the Vote
LA Free the Vote is an initiative born of two LA Board of Supervisors’ motions in 2018 tasking County agencies to collaborate in a taskforce with stakeholders to civically engage and register to vote justice-involved. LA Free the Vote aims to make LA County a national leader in systematically offering voter registration and education to the justice-involved population and encouraging this population to vote. Recognizing that the justice involved-population sits at the intersection of multiple underserved communities, LA Free the Vote brings an intentional County government focus to proactively outreaching to this population whose voices are important to our civic life.
Despite initial confusion regarding the eligibility to vote of those on Post Release Community Supervision in California, under Secretary of State Alex Padilla the California Election Code was amended in 2016 in order to clarify that it is only individuals currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of felony who are ineligible to vote. All other justice involved individuals, including those on Adult Felony Probation and Post Release Community Supervision are eligible to vote in California, and their voices are needed.
ODR is helping to lead the LA Free the Vote taskforce and work with relevant county agencies to ensure justice involved individuals are educated and engaged regarding their eligibility and registration status. ODR is also partnering with community partners to amplify this work.
See the 2019 120-Report PowerPoint to the Board of Supervisors, and check out the LA Free the Vote website. You can also download the LA Free the Vote flyer (update pending), as well as a voter registration training PowerPoint and accompanying tutorial. Please also make sure to sign up for the LA Free the Vote newsletter for updates and information, below.