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Anti-Recidivism Coalition

Los Angeles Office

1320 East 7th St, Suite 260
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Phone: 213-955-5885
Email: info@antirecidivism.org
Web: http://www.antirecidivism.org/
Twitter: @AntiRecidivism
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ANTIRECIDIVISMCOALITION

Bikila Ochoa
Policy Director

Email: bochoa@antirecidivism.org
Phone: 213-955-5885 

Organizational Profile
ARC's mission is to change lives and create safe, healthy communities by providing a support and advocacy network for, and comprised of, formerly incarcerated men and women. ARC seeks to accomplish this mission by advocating for fair and just policies in the juvenile and criminal justice systems, and providing services, support and opportunities to those in and coming home from the system. ARC's policy advocay aims to reduce crime, decrease the use of incarceration, improve the outcomes of the formerly incarcerated, and increase investment in the people and communities most impacted by crime and incarceration. 

California Alliance for Youth and Community Justice


David Muhammad, Director
Email: dmuhammad@hotmail.com 
Phone: 510-746-6111 
Web: www.caycj.org
Email: info@caycj.org
Twitter: @CAYCJ12 


Youth Justice Coalition

1137 East Redondo Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90302

Phone: 323-235-4243
Fax: 323-846-9472
Email: action@youth4justice.org
Web: www.youth4justice.org
Twitter: @YouthJusticeLA

Kim McGill
Phone: 323-235-4243

Organization Profile
The YJC is working to build a movement to challenge race, gender and class inequality in Los Angeles County’s, California’s and the nation’s juvenile injustice systems.  We are working to dismantle policies and institutions that have ensured the massive criminalization, lock-up and deportation of people of color, widespread police violence and distrust between police and communities, violation of youth and communities’ Constitutional and Human rights, and the build-up of the world’s largest prison system.  We use coalition building, direct action organizing, public policy advocacy and activist arts to mobilize youth and their allies to reduce America’s addiction to incarceration, increase community-based alternatives, decrease police suppression tactics (including “broken windows” and the “wars” on gangs and drugs), end the school-to-jail track, and to improve conditions of confinement including working to end Life Without Parole and other extreme sentencing of youth.  The YJC is one of the nation’s few organizing projects led by system-involved youth, liberated lifers and our families.

In the fall of 2007, the YJC founded Free L.A. High School ages 16 to 24 to build stronger youth leadership, through a curriculum that trains young people in direct action organizing, campaign research, media and communications, arts activism, and public policy development and advocacy.  Free L.A. High School also serves as an alternative to detention and incarceration for youth who face confinement, an educational site for youth who have been suspended or expelled from schools or entire districts, a school for youth returning home from lock-ups, and a more respectful and smaller program for youth who have left traditional schools discouraged.  

Goals of Youth Justice Coalition:

    • Shut Down CYA! Replace CYA facilities with small community based facilities that focus on youth development, education, job training and drug treatment, and separate the management of these facilities from state corrections.
    • Eliminate the “War on Gangs!” End the practices used by guards to stir up conflict between rival gang members and different races. Develop practices that end the overuse and abuse of the gang database system. Stop the police tactics that stir-up conflict and get people killed. Push law enforcement to support the ongoing gang truces and build similar truces in other neighborhoods.
    • Keep youth out of adult prisons! Prevent state policies that increase the rate of youth transfers to adult prisons. Push for a state law prohibiting the future lock-up of anyone under age 18 in adult jails and prisons, and reject state proposals to increase the CYA’s age of jurisdiction from 25 years old to 21 years old.
    • Improve CYA conditions! Establish a task force to address the conditions in CYA facilities in order to improve the mental health needs of youth, stop over medication and misdiagnosis of youth, facilitate and encourage family contact, eliminate the use of solitary confinement, and establish an independent agency to investigate youth complaints and staff conduct.
    • End the school-to-jail tracking in public schools! Stop the criminalization of students and the practices that make schools look and act more like prisons. End the unequal funding of schools in poor communities and the under funding and quality of probation and continuations schools. Speed up and facilitate the enrollment of students coming out from lock-up into public schools.
  • Enforce voting rights for people in the system! Stop blocking, discouraging, and violating the rights of youth in custody to register and vote.


anthony-dimartino_juvenile-justice-reformAnthony DiMartino

Legislative Aide, Office of California Assemblywoman Shirley Weber
California State Assembly

Phone: 916-319-2079  


Areas of Expertise: Mental Health, Trauma, Community Violence, Gang Affiliation/Association

Bio: Anthony DiMartino earned a BA in psychology from the University of Redlands and a master’s degree in social welfare from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. After graduating from UCLA, Anthony worked for the City of Long Beach, helping develop the City’s Violence Prevention Plan.  Shortly after, Anthony served as the grant writer for the L.A. Mayor’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development Department. In 2014-2015, Anthony completed the NJJN YJLI fellowship. Anthony currently serves as a California State legislative aide in the office of Assemblymember Shirley Weber, staffing Dr. Weber on Public Safety and Education issues.

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