We are highlighting this organization because it engages in a “community justice”-oriented approach to political change.
Welcome Home L.A. represents a Reentry Plan created by: currently and formerly incarcerated youth and our families; liberated lifers; victims of violence; and community and faith-based organizations that serve people returning to the community from juvenile halls, probation camps, jails and prisons.
Example of their community justice framework:
Changing language, perceptions and expectations are the cheapest and most important things you can do to respect, inspire and build trust with people returning home challenge the fear that the community has toward people with convictions; and embrace and integrate people into groups, organizations and communities.
Types of programs and projects:
- Free Reentry/Resource Fair – celebrating formerly incarcerated community members coming home including hygiene kits, clothes, HIV/AIDS testing, food, bus passes
- Free legal clinics: preparation for parole, expungement, etc.
- Parole process info-sessions
- Mentorship Basketball Program: formerly incarcerated and rehabilitated men play ball with youth from F.R.E.E. LA Charter High