Join the JusticeLA Email List for Updates!

Who We are


We’re JusticeLA.

JusticeLA, in partnership with other organizations working with directly impacted communities, was formed to reclaim, reimagine and reinvest what L.A. County could do with the $3.5 billion allocated to building two new jails.

The JusticeLA Coalition is standing together with one voice to issue our own call to action to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors that reimagines our collective future and launches the JusticeLA campaign, with our own flavor.

We’re calling for a moratorium on jail construction and expansion in order to fully realize the promise of diversion and re-entry through a justice reinvestment strategy for Los Angeles.


Executive Committee:

Patrisse Cullors
Californians United for Responsible Budget (CURB)
Community Coalition
Critical Resistance Los Angeles

Dignity and Power Now
Immigrant Youth Coalition
Revolve Impact
TransLatina Coalition
Youth Justice Coalition

Does your organization want to link up with JusticeLA?  Join us!


Powered By:

ACLU of Southern California
Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
Black Community Clergy and Labor Alliance
Black Lives Matter: Los Angeles
Blackout for Human Rights
California Calls
California Partnership
California Immigrant Policy Center
California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance
Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)
Center for Popular Democracy
CLUE: Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice
Code Pink
Cornerstone Theatre Company
Critical Resistance LA
Defend Movement
Drug Policy Alliance
Fair Chance Project
Garment Worker Center
Gender Justice LA
Homies Unidos
Immigrant Youth Coalition-San Gabriel Valley
Immigrant Youth Coalition-Free The People Network
Jobs R 4 U
Justice Environmental Coalition
Justice Warriors 4 Black Lives
LA CAN (Los Angeles Community Action Network)
Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution
March And Rally Los Angeles
March for Racial Justice
National Day Laborer Organizing Network
Our Revolution Los Angeles
Restore the Delta
Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
The Labor Community Strategy Center
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
USC Race and Equity Center
White People 4 Black Lives / SURJ Affiliate Los Angeles


A list of JusticeLA's events and events supported by JusticeLA

july 2018

No Events


Jail Bed Drop Project

JusticeLA’s Jail Bed Drop project was a creative intervention on Christmas Eve meant to bring attention to families separated by incarceration during the holiday season and encourage a public conversation about the fight for abolition. Artists used over 50 jail beds as a canvas, transformed them, created and recreated with them–and in some cases, destroyed them as symbols of what we envision.

L.A. County is looking to build two new jails with nearly 6,000 beds. Beds are supposed to be where we sleep, where we dream. Jail beds represent trauma, shame, torture, and death. We demand an end to mass incarceration in the U.S. and to L.A. County’s investment in policing and jails and we envision a new, freer and more just world.

Explore JusticeLA’s Jail Bed Drop Project 





More incarceration does NOT equal less crime

Powerful figures in law enforcement and the jail industry are pushing a massive jail construction project in Los Angeles County conservatively estimated to cost $3.5 billion.

But the county jail system, already the largest in the nation, does not need new buildings. What it truly needs is drastic reform of an incarceration system that is not only woefully outdated, but also severely unfair to people of color, people living in poverty and women.

Los Angeles should be a leader in forging ahead with proven, contemporary solutions to incarceration that do not heavily favor the privileged.

Join JusticeLA and sign this petition to Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl demanding that she take a leadership role and scrap the building project and bring true reform to L.A. County jails!



What Would You Buy With $3.5 Billion?

L.A. County, the current jail capital of the world, is planning to spend $3.5 billion to build two new jails in our back yard.  

The JusticeLA Coalition is standing together as one voice to call for a moratorium on jail construction in L.A. County and to urge the Board of Supervisors to reimagine our collective future.

JusticeLA is calling for a moratorium on jail construction in order to fully realize the promise of diversion and re-entry through a justice reinvestment strategy for Los Angeles.

Tell us what how you’d spend $3.5 billion in your community?


Youth Centers

Single Family Homes

Assisted Living Facilities for the Mentally Ill

Transitional Apartments for Homeless

The Facts About
Who's In Our Jails





Mental Illness


Women of color


Black Males

Latino Males

Women of Color

Suffering From Mental Illness


L.A. County has the harshest bail system in the United States. 51% of the  L.A. County jail population has yet to stand trial and be sentenced for a crime, primarily due to the fact that people cannot pay for high bail amounts.

Read More

Mentally Ill

Research shows that people with mental health conditions inevitably get worse in jails. The chances of developing a mental health condition for people with no previous history of mental health issues doubles once they are incarcerated.

Read More

People of Color

In L.A. County, 40% of female inmates are Latino while 32% are Black. The men’s facilities’ population is currently 50% Latino and 30% Black – over 80% people of color.

Read More


Video Thumb