Historic Partnership Grows Resources for At-Risk Youth Groundwork for a historic public-private partnership between the Los Angeles County Probation Department and two of the area’s leading grant-makers — the Liberty Hill Foundation and the California Community Foundation — occurred in 2018. This landmark collaboration will dramatically increase services and opportunities delivered by local community-based organizations to youth currently in the probation system and to at-risk youth, diverting them from entering the juvenile justice system altogether. The Probation Department will allocate $3.2 million from JJCPA funds to the respective foundations who will in turn set up a grant process for grassroots and emerging community-based organizations. This will allow for faster distribution of the funds and an opportunity for smaller organizations that may not normally have had the infrastructure to compete for County contracts to access these funds. The grants distributed through this partnership will expand opportunities and resources for programs that keep vulnerable youth out of the justice system and help those currently in the system transition back into the community. These programs provide critical socio-emotional support that is proven to successfully prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice system, while also cutting the recidivism rates of those who have. With this new partnership, Los Angeles County will continue to be the nation’s leader for demonstrating how an effective community-based model focused on prevention and treatment not only decreases the number of youth incarcerated, but also improves chances for more youth to earn their high school diplomas, become gainfully employed, and decrease the likelihood of being incarcerated as an adult. The services made available via this collaboration will be provided within the youths’ own communities, thus making it easier for the families to access. “By shifting the focus from simply avoiding criminal or classroom misbehavior to fully embracing methods that result in high school graduation, college readiness, and career success, we can dramatically change the lifetime opportunities for young people and the well-being of our community as a whole. Together we can help all our young people realize their limitless potential.” — Antonia Hernández, California Community Foundation President and CEO Established in 2017, the Office of Youth Diversion & Development (YDD) contracts with community-based organizations (CBOs) to help reduce young peoples’ involvement within the juvenile justice system. These organizations target services designed to help youth and their families to prevent them from entering the juvenile justice system. In support of this goal, the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council (JJCC) governing body, chaired by L.A. County’s Chief Probation Officer, has committed $12 million dollars, or $3 million over the next four years, in one-time JJCPA funds $3 million over the next four years in one-time Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act funds will help reduce young people’s involvement within the juvenile justice system. to YDD. This financial investment allowed YDD to issue a solicitation to contract youth intensive case management services in August 2018. Contract awards and implementation of pre-booking youth diversion services will begin upon contract execution scheduled for 2019. Probation committed an additional $29.8 million of JJCPA funds in 2018 to community-based organizations to provide programs and services throughout L.A. County. 84 percent of the $45 million growth fund and 67 percent of the overall base of JJCPA funds went to non-profit CBOs. The graph below shows the types of programs these funds supported. JJCPA awards $12 million to diversion programs in 2018 + + = Los Angeles County Probation Dept. Liberty Hill Foundation California Community Foundation Services and Opportunities for At-Risk Youth Primary Prevention Focused Prevention/ Early Intervention Intervention Capacity Building of CBOs JJCPA Evaluation & Information 40% 25% 25% 5% 5% 2019-2020 Projected JJCPA Spending (Growth) “This partnership will prevent youth from entering the justice system; instead, they will be connected in meaningful ways in our communities and will help us make Los Angeles the county we know it can be.” - Liberty Hill President & CEO Shane Murphy Goldsmith L.A. County Probation Department | 2018 Annual Report 17 16 L.A. County Probation Department | 2018 Annual Report