Los Angeles Partners with Foundations on $3.2 Million Venture to Prevent Juvenile Delinquency

In L.A. County, a public-private partnership hopes to move more funding to help young people involved with the justice system into the hands of community-based organizations.

From The Chronicle of Social Change:

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a landmark public-private partnership that will use county funding to assist two community-based organizations whose focus is on keeping kids out of the juvenile justice system by offering an array of much-needed services and opportunities.

Through the partnership, the L.A. County Probation Department will redirect $3.2 million in Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (JJCPA) funds to two top L.A.-based foundations – the Liberty Hill Foundation and the California Community Foundation (CCF) – which will serve as financial intermediaries between the county and local organizations diverting kids from justice system involvement.

“Prevention works far better than punishment,” said L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. “We also know we can benefit from collaborating with the on-the-ground experts who work with young people day in and day out.”

Kuehl said she’s proud of the county’s “new vision” for using this kind of innovative public/private partnership “to help keep our kids out of the youth justice system.”

The partnership with Liberty Hill and the CCF, Kuehl added, “allows county government to take advantage of community expertise and provide effective services that really work for young people.”

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