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Los Angeles Youth Uprising

LA Youth Uprising is a coalition of community organizations that are devoted to ending youth incarceration.

We are a collaborating partner within the LA Youth Uprising Coalition, LAYUP, which has been critical in swaying the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors vote in favor of prison reform by organizing community members, strategizing with county officials, and providing public comment at LA County meetings.
Recent Victories:

– On August 13th, 2019, the County Board of Supervisors voted to remove youth out of Los Angeles County Probation Department supervision, the largest probation department in the country. There will be a Youth Justice Work Group created within the Office of Youth Diversion and Development to investigate an alternative system for meeting the needs of youth who come into contact with the law.

– Another huge win was achieved by the coalition on October 1st, 2019 when the LA County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion to create a Probation Oversight Commission with power to hold the department accountable. LAYUP pushed for and secured four powers to hold the Department accountable: (1) subpoena powers, (2) community engagement, (3) policy and budget review, and (4) independent investigations and inspections. This commission will include two members of the community, one who has been system involved and another who has experienced a family member being system involved.

We are proud of the monumental changes thus far and will continue to disrupt oppressive cycles of incarcerating youth into violent systems.