CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM: COMMUNITY JUSTICE INITIATIVE
Among our commitments to criminal justice reform is our Community Justice Initiative (CJI). This is a collection of neighborhood-focused restorative justice, alternative sentencing and diversionary programs seeking to address the root causes of criminal behavior and achieve incarceration reduction. These revolutionary efforts within CJI offer compelling alternatives to incarceration for appropriate offenders and is aligned with national, state and local efforts to promote "smart justice" prevention, intervention and diversion approaches.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.
COMMUNITY JUSTICE PRINCIPLES
Engaging and partnering with our community in the work we do. (The community helps us to help them).
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).
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).
Justice “workers” as our community leaders. (Reframing the attorney role from “prosecutor” to “community leader”).
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).
CJI IN THE NEWS
What's the best way to handle petty crime? Restoring the community and offender
By Volunteer Diana Wagman, LA Times - 8/20/2016
Neighborhood Justice Program: Smart Justice through Community Involvement
By Vivian Rothstein, Capital & Main - 6/15/2016
LA City Attorney’s Office Taps CSUN’s Criminology & Justice Studies Dept. to Help Assess its Community Justice Programs
By Carmen Ramos Chandler, CSUN Today - 5/17/2018