Continuing in a series of curated dialogues spread across Los Angeles County in local communities, JusticeLA will hold a town hall meeting to discuss L.A. County’s plan to spend $3.5 billion on expanding the largest jail system in the country. The conversation will also include the campaign to urge the Board of Supervisors to redirect funds into community services and other alternatives to incarceration for directly impacted communities in an effort to reduce the jail population. Panelists include Arvene Knox (Essie Justice Group), Anthony Robles (Youth Justice Coalition), Elizeth Virrueta Ortiz (San Gabriel Valley Immigrant Youth Coalition), Maria Ponce (Building Healthy Communities – Boyle Heights), and Nancy Meza (Defend Boyle Heights). Black Lives Matter and Dignity and Power Now co-founder Patrisse Cullors will be the keynote speaker.
Co-hosted by Immigrant Youth Coalition and Youth Justice Coalition, the town hall meeting “Reclaim and Reimagine What Public Safety Looks Like in Our Communities” will take place Saturday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wellness Center located at 1200 N. State Street in East Los Angeles. The event is free and open to the public and will also include a conviction relief clinic to assist attendees with an opportunity and pathway to clean their criminal records and get a fresh start in life.