LOS ANGELES:
THE EPICENTER OF MASS INCARCERATION

Approximately 44% of the people held in LA County jails are pretrial, meaning they are legally innocent and have not been convicted of the purported crime. That amounts to 7,500 people denied the presumption of innocence every day in Los Angeles. La Defensa fights back against pretrial incarceration, defending our constitutional right to freedom in Los Angeles and across California.

44%

of people imprisoned
in Los Angeles jails
are being held pre-trial

Stand with us to uplift and elect local judges who reflect our values and who will protect human rights

ROE V. WADE OVERTURNED IN SCOTUS DECISION

On Friday, conservative judges on the Supreme Court of the US finally realized their decades-long, devastating goal of overturning Roe, which puts all marginalized and impacted communities at risk. See our statement below, and check out our social media posts for resources and information about what it all means.

Now, more than ever, it is clear that our work to #TransformTheJudiciary in Los Angeles County is crucial in building a pipeline of judges to the Federal level. Please consider supporting La Defensa’s efforts to keep this important work moving forward

RESOURCES & ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS EXPLAINER

LA DEFENSA'S STATEMENT

OUR MISSION

Life-affirming alternatives to incarceration

La Defensa is leading the movement to decarcerate the largest jail population in the United States–the LA County jail system. We’re working to reduce the power and scope of the judiciary, law enforcement, and the legal injustice system. We’re also fighting for a fair & transparent pretrial process, for state & local budgets that reflect community values, and for life-affirming alternatives to incarceration.

Our work is informed by the power of the communities we belong to: Latinx, Black, Indigenous, AAPI, Queer, Immigrant, Undocumented, and Working-class communities. Our communities, loved-ones, and family members are directly impacted by incarceration. We fight in their names.

 

OUR APPROACH

CULTURAL SHIFT

We challenge punitive approaches to public safety through public education and cross-movement collaboration.

NARRATIVE CHANGE​

We develop culturally competent media content that centers the voices of those most impacted by incarceration.

POWER BUILDING

We work to elect progressive candidates that advance community informed criminal justice reform.

POLICY IMPACT

We advance bold pretrial reform that shifts power and funding away from law enforcement and private interests and into the hands of our community.

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We are building
a #CareFirst future
for all Angelenos.