LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after voters resoundingly decided to reimagine our criminal justice system by passing Measure J, the Los Angeles County Charter Amendment which will guarantee locally generated, flexible revenue directly into community and alternatives to incarceration; passing Proposition 17, which will amend the California State Constitution so that people on parole for felony convictions can vote; and rejecting Proposition 20, which sought to toughen sentencing in criminal cases and reduce the number of prison inmates eligible for early parole.
“The voters have spoken, and we are advancing criminal justice reform and support of a ‘care first, jail last’ approach at their direction,” said Supervisor Solis. “The passage of Measure J and Proposition 17, and the rejection of Proposition 20, is a significant milestone for the future of our criminal justice system – one that is rooted in prevention, rehabilitation, and diversion. I thank the voters for choosing to break down old systems that bred inequality and inequity, and instead advance alternatives to incarceration.”
Measure J, which was placed on the ballot by a motion co-authored by Supervisor Solis, calls for Los Angeles County to allocate no less than 10% of its locally generated unrestricted revenues in the general fund, over a three-year period of time, to address the disproportionate impact of racial and economic inequities through youth development programs, job training, affordable housing projects, and community-based health services. Measure J also prohibits funds from being used for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s Office, the Superior Courts, or the Probation Department. Furthermore, in an event of a Los Angeles County-wide fiscal emergency, the Board of Supervisors has the ability to reduce the 10% baseline.
In September of this year, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed Supervisor Solis’ motion asking Los Angeles County to support Proposition 17 which would restore voting rights for approximately 50,000 people on parole throughout the State of California. In addition, Supervisor Solis co-authored a motion that formalized Los Angeles County’s opposition to Proposition 20, which would have rolled back recent criminal justice reforms, resulting in more people being incarcerated for longer periods of time.
Over the last five years, Supervisor Solis has led and advocated for a transformation of Los Angeles County’s justice system, shifting the focus from punishment and incarceration to support and diversion, as well as accountability and transparency within law enforcement.
The groundswell of support for these priorities has led Supervisor Solis to introduce a motion, to be voted on Tuesday, November 10 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which will seek for Los Angeles County to adopt Assembly Bill (AB) 1185, on sheriff oversight. The motion declares that, effective January 1, 2021, and consistent with AB 1185, both the Office of the Inspector General and the Civilian Oversight Commission, are vested with the subpoena authority delineated in Government Code section 25303.7. To view the motion, visit http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/bos/supdocs/150244.pdf.
Learn more about Supervisor Solis’ commitment to adopting a ‘care first, jail last’ approach by visiting https://hildalsolis.org/public-safety-diversion/.
CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov