COMMUNITY JUSTICE INITIATIVE
The Community Justice Initiative (CJI) includes a neighborhood-focused array of restorative justice, alternative sentencing
and diversionary programs seeking to address the root causes of criminal behavior and achieve incarceration reduction. CJI offers compelling alternatives to incarceration for appropriate offenders and is aligned with national, state and local efforts to promote new "smart justice" prevention, intervention and diversion approaches.
The CJI Trust Fund was established to support CJI programs and more information about this can be found here. And you can review press these programs have received here.
COMMUNITY JUSTICE PRINCIPLES
1. Engaging and partnering with our community in the work we do.
(The community helps us to help them).
2. Doing work in the true interest of our community.
(Higher incarceration rates are not in the interest of the community, while restoring lives, neighborhoods, and environments are).
3. Creative and innovative problem-solving in the hopes of evolving our community.
(The City Attorney's Office as think tank and idea lab for justice innovation).
4. Justice “workers” as our community leaders.
(Reframing the attorney role from “prosecutor” to “community leader”).
5. Creating a culture of civic-mindedness as we partner with our communities.
(Stimulate people’s and inter-agency’s aspirations that their role in government is essential).
COMMUNITY JUSTICE PROGRAMS
This is a non-criminal enforcement approach to nuisance abatement and quality of life offenses - which utilize civil fines (instead of arrest, incarceration and criminal records) - for people who violate LA's Municipal Code. This enforcement approach is far superior to the use of criminal courts and criminal sanctions to deal with minor matters of public behavior. This also includes forms related to Street Vending. Find out more.
Dispute Resolution is a confidential, voluntary and free service in which a neutral third party facilitates communication between two people to resolve their disputes out of the courts. We now offer Public Safety Mediation, which provides an opportunity to mediate selected complaints of discourtesy and bias with the purpose of building understanding and transforming the relationship between LA's public safety officers and the communities they serve.
Visit Dispute Resolution to learn more.
GANG ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING
The Gang Alternative Sentencing Program provides young adult offenders exhibiting risk factors predictive of gang membership and/or who commit misdemeanor gang crimes an alternative to jail time and unsupervised (summary) probation common in misdemeanor cases. This program is referred to as CURE (Community Uniting for Resolution and Empowerment) by community partner, the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD). In this program, offenders otherwise eligible for a sentence of probation are identified and provided the opportunity to participate in supervised programs after they enter a no contest/guilty plea and as an alternative to sentencing and jail time. Successful participants may earn the reduction or dismissal of their criminal case.
Operated by HEART, the Homeless Engagement and Response Team, these pop-up legal clinics for people experiencing homelessness help resolve eligible traffic and pedestrian infractions and related warrants and fines which can detrimentally affect someone's ability to get a job, access social services or get permanent housing. Instead of paying fines they cannot afford, participants engage in services.
Through an innovative partnership between the LA City Attorney's Office and the LA County Board of Supervisors, these clinics are generally one of the wide array of services and resources offered at the one-stop Homeless Connect Days which take place throughout LA.
For more information, email HomelessCourtEvents@lacity.org or call 311.
Click here to learn about our work to help people experiencing homelessness.
Developed by LA City Attorney Mike Feuer, the Neighborhood Justice Program (NJP) allows some first-time, non-violent offenders to avoid court but still take responsibility for their actions. In this program, offenders appear before a panel of community volunteers to discuss the crime, its harm to the victims and community, and to determine an appropriate obligation. NJP is currently seeking volunteers to add to its 350-strong army of community change agents. Click here for more information.
The Prostitution Diversion Program, which was established in 2008, focused first as a diversion program for first time adult offenders or “johns” (who were not arrested for soliciting a minor). The program began as a pilot in South Los Angeles along the Figueroa Corridor, an area known historically for street walking prostitution. For those defendants arrested first-time as prostitutes, they are given the opportunity to receive a diversion from prosecution if they agree to participate in an education program regarding the dangers of prostitution, how to keep themselves safe or risk reduction, and referrals to wrap around services to help them transition out of sex work.
City Attorney Mike Feuer expanded the program in 2013 to encompass the entire City of Los Angeles with special emphasis on a partnership with the Mary Magdalene Program to address issues of chronic prostitution in the San Fernando Valley. As part of this expansion, City Attorney Mike Feuer also expanded eligibility for certain repeat offenses of prostitution citing that many prostitutes are in fact victims of sex trafficking.
TEEN COURT TRUANCY PREVENTION
The Truancy Prevention Program seeks to combat truancy through education, educating parents about their legal responsibility to send children to school through community outreach, letters, brochures, meetings and hearings. After a school year of providing these interventions, if parents continue failing to send their children to school, they could face prosecution for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
In an effort to avoid prosecution of parents, City Attorney Mike Feuer has established the Truancy Teen Court, which allows parents to avoid prosecution through this pre-filing diversion program. In Truancy Teen Court a jury comprised of other students asks questions of the parents and their children to determine the underlying reasons for truancy. Some of the recommendations the jury may order include parenting class, restorative counseling, tutoring, mentoring, volunteering at school and letters of apology to teachers as measures to address truancy.
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COMMUNITY JUSTICE INITIATIVE TRUST FUND
The Community Justice Initiative (CJI) Trust Fund was established to support CJI programs and can accept donations from non-profit organizations, corporations, foundations and small business. To make a donation, a check can be made out directly to the City of Los Angeles, with a notation stating CJI Trust Fund. The CJI Trust Fund ensures that donated funds will be used for the public purpose of advancing the programs and goals of CJI.
The check can be mailed or delivered to the following address:
City Attorney Mike Feuer
Community Justice Initiative Trust Fund
200 N. Main Street, 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Charitable contributions to a State or its political subdivisions are tax deductible under section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code, provided the contribution or gift is made exclusively for public purposes. The City of Los Angeles is a chartered municipality and a political subdivision of the State of California.
The following guidelines apply to entities providing support:
- Any amount $4,999.99 and under will be deposited directly into the CJI Trust Fund.
- Any amount $5,000.00 or more will go through a City Council acceptance process prior to being deposited into the CJI Trust Fund.
- Matching donations are accepted.
- The City Attorney’s Office will provide a letter acknowledging receipt of the contribution.
For individuals seeking to make a contribution, in kind goods or volunteer services in lieu of a monetary donation can be accepted.
For more information regarding CJI programs and/or volunteering, please contact Camilo.Cruz@lacity.org.
For more information regarding the CJI Trust Fund, please contact Janette.Flintoft@lacity.org.
 The deductibility of any contribution or gift will depend on your individual circumstances. Please consult with your tax advisor to determine whether your donation is tax deductible in whole or in part. This letter is not intended to constitute legal or tax advice.