A message from the ATI Executive Director
“The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.” – Bryan Stevenson
Welcome to Los Angeles County’s new Alternatives to Incarceration Initiative website!
As the first executive director of this important initiative, I am honored to serve the community and help lead our County forward in fulfilling the vision of our Board of Supervisors to establish a human-focused approach to justice system engagement that truly prioritizes “care first, jails last.”
First, a little background: Our work will build on the groundbreaking accomplishments of the Alternatives to Incarceration Work Group, unanimously established by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on February 12, 2019. The group was charged with drafting a plan to build a more effective justice system. With collaboration and leadership from community stakeholders, the Work Group put forward a comprehensive report that included five overarching strategies, twenty-six foundational recommendations, and 114 overall recommendations. On March 10, 2020, the Board adopted the five strategies, directed the creation of the Los Angeles County Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) Unit, and directed that the new initiative begin to develop a strategic plan to implement the “care first, jails last” approach in Los Angeles County, all while maintaining continuous stakeholder engagement.
This work has never been more timely.
Work Group Final Report
The roadmap from jail to care starts with the Work Group. This multidisciplinary group of community advocates, service providers, community members and County departmental leaders—chaired by Dr. Robert K. Ross, president and CEO of the California Endowment—developed and approved 114 recommendations through an intensive consensus-building process involving more than 1,000 government and community stakeholders over ten months. The Work Group’s vision will guide the Alternatives to Incarceration Initiative as implementation of “care first, jails last” expands and advances.
Click here to read the full report.