The community has spoken, and more than two million of us said YES on J to invest in care, not incarceration, and to prioritize investments that meet the needs of Black, Brown, and low-income communities.
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What does it mean?
In 2020, voters passed measure j
It was a historic vote that will change the future of L.A. County.
People in L.A. County—especially Black, Brown, and Indigenous people, those working minimum wage jobs, seniors, young people trying to learn new skills, people without mental health care and those who are excluded from stable housing—are being crushed by the pandemic and a status quo budget that continues to deny them resources and opportunities.
How does it work?
Bringing Measure J to life
We must hold decision makers accountable to the voters
Measure J was a mandate for the future of L.A. County. In implementation we bring to life the Care First vision for Los
Angeles that is rooted in stopping jail expansion, jail closure, and shifting resources to support the needs of Black, Brown and Indigenous communities.
Through implementation, we hold the Measure J Advisory Committee, the L.A. County CEO, and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors accountable to ensure they listen to the will of the voters. We bring this accountability through implementation, which is the process for how funding is allocated through Measure J. Our work in implementation includes:
Working closely with our neighbors, partners, and advocates, we meet regularly to deepen our collaboration and work hand-in-hand to ensure the fidelity of Measure J and all Care First initiatives at the Local and State level.
Policy Research and Strategy
We convene in workgroups to research key issue areas, develop policy recommendations, and create strategies for bringing Measure J to life.
Advocacy at all levels
We advocate for our Care First vision before the Measure J Advisory Committee, the L.A. County CEO, and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.
Who is behind it?
Meet the movement
The re-imagine l.a. coalition
In unprecedented times, we need structural change. Re-Imagine L.A. County is a coalition of advocates, community organizations, and neighbors supporting Measure J to prioritize health, housing, and jobs.
For decades, L.A. County’s budget has directed money away from Black, Brown, and low-income communities and allocated it in ways that negatively impact these same communities.
Join us to advocate for change
In implementation, the Measure J Advisory Committee created subcommittees focused on key issue areas related to direct community investment and alternatives to incarceration.
In Los Angeles County, there are 60,000 of our neighbors who are currently unhoused. This is unacceptable, and we must work harder to provide access to safe and affordable homes for everyone.
Education access & youth development
Our youth are the future of L.A. County. We need to prioritize investments that uplift and center youth experiences and voices. A system that spends $800,000 to incarcerate one youth is not just a just system. We must do better.
Diversion, Health, and Behavioral Health
It is critical to improve the care transitions for those re-entering the community, including building out the care capacity and fostering innovative care models that support their transition. This includes expanding access to harm reduction and trauma-informed services in health care, substance use services, and more.
People exiting the carceral system experience significant barriers to re-entering society, including finding employment, meeting probation requirements, securing housing, and managing health and medical needs. We need investments that support their transition.
Ensuring L.A. County residents, particularly Black, Brown, and low-income communities, have access to career pathways, job training, and small business opportunities is important to helping these communities build wealth.
Measure J Steering Committee and coalition leaders, community members, and advocates will respond to Strobel’s tentative ruling and how it goes against the majority of LA County voters’ demands for changes to public safety and investment into community-based services.
On Thursday, June 17th, 2021, L.A. County Judge Mary Strobel tentatively ruled against the will of over 2.1 million voters who overwhelmingly said yes on Measure J.