Justice Care and Opportunities Department

Our Programs

Justice Care and Opportunities Department

Our Programs

Sequential Intercept Model

Basis for LA County’s re-imagining of the justice system & push
to more community-based, upstream prevention

Sequential Intercept Model

Basis for LA County’s re-imagining of the justice system
& push to more community-based, upstream prevention

Substantial Intercept Model
Prevention Services

Intercept 00
Healthy Community
Reports & Infrastructure

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What Is Intercept 00?

Intercept 00 encompasses community-based responses & support programs addressing or preventing the underlying problems that increase likelihood of justice system involvement: poor mental or physical health, homelessness, poverty, trauma, unemployment, and more.

What are the Solutions?

Solutions include government investment in robust community-based systems of care, social supports, housing and anti-poverty initiatives.

LA County Initiatives

Care First, Community Investment (aka “Measure J”)

Prevention Services

Intercept 00
Healthy Community
Reports & Infrastructure

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What Is Intercept 00?

Intercept 00 encompasses community-based responses & support programs addressing or preventing the underlying problems that increase likelihood of justice system involvement: poor mental or physical health, homelessness, poverty, trauma, unemployment, and more.

What are the Solutions?

Solutions include government investment in robust community-based systems of care, social supports, housing and anti-poverty initiatives.

LA County Initiatives

Care First, Community Investment (aka “Measure J”)

What Is Intercept 0?

Intercept 0 is considered a gate-keeper to formal interaction with the criminal justice system and focuses on non-law enforcement (“pre-police”) interventions for people with mental health or substance use challenges before they are arrested.

The Goal

Here, the goal is to de-escalate behavioral crises and avoid a police response altogether, thereby preventing any collateral consequences of a police encounter, arrest, conviction and/or incarceration.

LA County Initiatives

Alternative Crisis Response (co-chair with Department of Mental Health)

Prevention Services

Intercept 0
Community Response
& Intervention

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Prevention Services

Intercept 0
Community Response
& Intervention

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What Is Intercept 0?

Intercept 0 is considered a gate-keeper to formal interaction with the criminal justice system and focuses on non-law enforcement (“pre-police”) interventions for people with mental health or substance use challenges before they are arrested.

The Goal

Here, the goal is to de-escalate behavioral crises and avoid a police response altogether, thereby preventing any collateral consequences of a police encounter, arrest, conviction and/or incarceration.

LA County Initiatives

Alternative Crisis Response (co-chair with Department of Mental Health)

Pretrial Services

Intercept 1 
Law Enforcement
Contact Up to Arrest

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What Is Intercept 1?

Intercept 1 is centered around police-led interventions at the “pre-arrest” stage that help individuals avoid the consequences of arrest and booking.

Diversion Programs

Diversion programs in this intercept empower law enforcement to avoid unnecessary arrests for low-level offenses and instead refer individuals to services.

LA County Initiatives (not exhaustive)

  • Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, aka LEAD (Office of Diversion & Reentry)
  • LA Door (LA City Attorney)
  • Homeless Liaison Program (Santa Monica PD)
Pretrial Services

Intercept 1
Law Enforcement
Contact Up to Arrest

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What Is Intercept 1?

Intercept 1 is centered around police-led interventions at the “pre-arrest” stage that help individuals avoid the consequences of arrest and booking.

Diversion Programs

Diversion programs in this intercept empower law enforcement to avoid unnecessary arrests for low-level offenses and instead refer individuals to services.

LA County Initiatives (not exhaustive)

  • Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, aka LEAD (Office of Diversion & Reentry)
  • LA Door (LA City Attorney)
  • Homeless Liaison Program (Santa Monica PD)

What Is Intercept 2?

Intercept 2 focuses on prosecutor-led “post-arrest” diversion options, with prosecuting agencies offering the chance to postpone filing charges in exchange for individuals voluntarily completing a treatment program or fulfilling some other set of requirements.

Type of Diversion

This type of diversion is also described as “pre-filing”
(before the prosecutor files formal charges).

Pretrial Services

Intercept 2

Initial Detention
& Filing Decision

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Pretrial Services

Intercept 2

Initial Detention
& Filing Decision

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What Is Intercept 2?

Intercept 2 focuses on prosecutor-led “post-arrest” diversion options, with prosecuting agencies offering the chance to postpone filing charges in exchange for individuals voluntarily completing a treatment program or fulfilling some other set of requirements.

Type of Diversion

This type of diversion is also described as “pre-filing”
(before the prosecutor files formal charges).

Pretrial Services

Intercept 3
Jail Custody & Court Process

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What Is Intercept 3?

If the prosecutor proceeds with the case and files charges, intervention now becomes a collaborative court-led effort at Intercept 3.  Though the decision ultimately lies with the judicial officer, ideally the prosecution, defense and judge all agree to defer further proceedings “pre-trial” and allow individuals to avoid any further incarceration – in exchange for completing court-ordered treatment and/or obligations in 1 of 3 ways:

1) Pre-plea:

Pre-plea: without conviction (pleading guilty/no contest)
– with case dismissed upon successful completion of treatment.

2) Post-plea:

Post-plea: after conviction (pleading guilty/no contest)
– with plea then withdrawn & case dismissed upon finishing treatment

3) Alternative sentencing:

Alternative sentencing: after pleading guilty and being sentenced – with jail/prison suspended while completing the obligation/treatment; upon successful completion, any further jail or prison time is deleted from sentence and avoided.

Pretrial Services

Intercept 3
Jail Custody & Court Process

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What Is Intercept 3?

If the prosecutor proceeds with the case and files charges, intervention now becomes a collaborative court-led effort at Intercept 3.  Though the decision ultimately lies with the judicial officer, ideally the prosecution, defense and judge all agree to defer further proceedings “pre-trial” and allow individuals to avoid any further incarceration – in exchange for completing court-ordered treatment and/or obligations in 1 of 3 ways:

1) Pre-plea:

Pre-plea: without conviction (pleading guilty/no contest)
– with case dismissed upon successful completion of treatment.

2) Post-plea:

Post-plea: after conviction (pleading guilty/no contest)
– with plea then withdrawn & case dismissed upon finishing treatment

3) Alternative sentencing:

Alternative sentencing: after pleading guilty and being sentenced – with jail/prison suspended while completing the obligation/treatment; upon successful completion, any further jail or prison time is deleted from sentence and avoided.

What Is Intercept 4?

Intercept 4

Whether criminally convicted or not, if individuals are taken into custody, at some point they will be released back into society. Intercept 4 addresses the continuity of care between correctional facilities and community behavioral health providers as people return to their communities. It concludes when someone is linked to ongoing community supports.

LA County Initiatives (not exhaustive)

  •  Men’s Central Jail Closure & Effort to Divert Mental Health/SUD Segments
  • Returning Home Well
Reentry Services

Intercept 4
Reentry Planning & Release

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Reentry Services

Intercept 4
Reentry Planning & Release

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What Is Intercept 4?

Intercept 4

Whether criminally convicted or not, if individuals are taken into custody, at some point they will be released back into society. Intercept 4 addresses the continuity of care between correctional facilities and community behavioral health providers as people return to their communities. It concludes when someone is linked to ongoing community supports.

LA County Initiatives (not exhaustive)

  •  Men’s Central Jail Closure & Effort to Divert Mental Health/SUD Segments
  • Returning Home Well
Reentry Services

Intercept 5 
Supervision in the Community

 

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What Is Intercept 5?

Intercept 5

Intercept 5 focuses on the person’s continued and permanent access to resources, after the transition from jail or prison to the community. This encompasses probation and parole, including such practices as specialized behavioral health caseloads and the use of graduated responses as alternatives to technical violations for problematic behaviors that would traditionally result in jail time.

Explore D.O.O.R.S Program

D.O.O.R.S. is an inclusive creative community of innovative resources for those impacted by the justice system.

Explore Reentry Workforce & Education Program

Program offers training and paid work experience in sectors that provide career pathway opportunities

Explore R-ICMS Program

R-ICMS seeks to improve the health and
well-being of
justice-involved individuals by providing case management…

Explore POWR Program

The Reentry Division in partnership with The LA County Probation Department provides  opportunities…

Explore YO! Program

In partnership with the Los Angeles County Probation Department, ODR Reentry Division has implemented YO!

Explore LA Training Academy

Wildfire training and career assistance for those facing barriers to employment.

Reentry Services

Intercept 5

Supervision in the Community

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What Is Intercept 5?

Intercept 5

Intercept 5 focuses on the person’s continued and permanent access to resources, after the transition from jail or prison to the community. This encompasses probation and parole, including such practices as specialized behavioral health caseloads and the use of graduated responses as alternatives to technical violations for problematic behaviors that would traditionally result in jail time.

Explore D.O.O.R.S Program

D.O.O.R.S. is an inclusive creative community of innovative resources for those impacted by the justice system.

Explore Reentry Workforce & Education Program

Program offers training and paid work experience in sectors that provide career pathway opportunities

Explore R-ICMS Program

R-ICMS seeks to improve the health and
well-being of justice-involved individuals by providing case management…

Explore POWR Program

The Reentry Division in partnership with The LA County Probation Department provides  opportunities…

Explore YO! Program

In partnership with the Los Angeles County Probation Department, ODR Reentry Division has implemented YO!

Explore LA Training Academy

Wildfire training and career assistance for those facing barriers to employment.

Other Programs

Incubation Academy

The Los Angeles County Incubation Academy provides training, funding and technical assistance to new and existing community-based organizations, especially those who serve underrepresented and justice-involved people. Building the capacity of service providers is foundational to justice reform efforts countywide and the County’s vision of offering care-first alternatives and treatments to more people.

We are excited to announce the third cohort of our Incubation Academy. The organizations selected for this cohort are focused on services that help people reenter the community, and some organizations (shown in bold below) also provide housing for people exiting the justice system.

Additional (LISC) Resources:

If you’re interested in participating in the Academy, click here to apply.

Incubation Academy

The Los Angeles County Incubation Academy provides training, funding and technical assistance to new and existing community-based organizations, especially those who serve underrepresented and justice-involved people. Building the capacity of service providers is foundational to justice reform efforts countywide and the County’s vision of offering care-first alternatives and treatments to more people.

Applications for the second cohort are now closed, but new applicants can still apply on a rolling basis for future cohorts.

Additional Resources:

If you’re interested in participating in the Academy, click here to apply.

Jail Closure Implementation Team

The Los Angeles County jails are filled with people struggling with homelessness, poverty, mental illness and addiction. The justice system is ill-equipped to respond to these human conditions, resulting in far too many people cycling in and out of jail, with no benefit to public safety—instead of getting the support they need to lead healthy and productive lives.

Guided by the Care First, Jail Last vision, the Jail Closure Implementation Team’s (JCIT) goal is to safely and methodically depopulate and eventually close Men’s Central Jail by expanding the continuum of care for individuals being diverted or released from jail, while ensuring public health and safety. This work relies on close collaboration with County departments, other Board initiatives, and vested community stakeholders.

Jail Closure Implementation Team

The Los Angeles County jails are filled with people struggling with homelessness, poverty, mental illness and addiction. The justice system is ill-equipped to respond to these human conditions, resulting in far too many people cycling in and out of jail, with no benefit to public safety—instead of getting the support they need to lead healthy and productive lives.

Guided by the Care First, Jail Last vision, the Jail Closure Implementation Team’s (JCIT) goal is to safely and methodically depopulate and eventually close Men’s Central Jail by expanding the continuum of care for individuals being diverted or released from jail, while ensuring public health and safety. This work relies on close collaboration with County departments, other Board initiatives, and vested community stakeholders.

Justice Care
and Opportunity
Success Stories

Stories from the Heart – Our Clients Share Their Successes

“Stories from the Heart – Our Clients Share Their Successes”

Helping Justice-Involved Individuals at the Community Level

The second cohort of the ATI Incubation Academy gathered recently to celebrate their completion of the program and to participate in a pitch contest to practice seeking grants.

Pre-filing diversion program celebrates milestone in Santa Monica

People who successfully completed the Alternatives to Incarceration pre-filing diversion program in Santa Monica were celebrated at a graduation event recently.

Inaugural Incubation Academy Class: Building the Alternatives to Incarceration

The first cohort of the ATI Incubation Academy gathered recently to celebrate their completion of the program.