LA Supervisors: Why Oppose Ban the Box?

thought prison was hardA Pointed Question for LA County Supervisors: Why Oppose AB 218 (the “Ban the Box” Bill)??

Populous Los Angeles County gets the lion’s share of the sisters and brothers coming out of prison under AB 109 Realignment and also as a result of the passage of Prop 36, which gives Three Strikes people a chance at re-sentencing and release.

Everyone knows that the number one challenge re-entering people face is the need to find gainful employment. Governmental bodies, which have an obvious stake in reducing recidivism and ensuring public safety, should be setting a positive example and giving the formerly incarcerated a fair chance at landing a job.<

That is why those of us who support AB 218 were baffled and upset to learn that LA County was actively opposing AB 218 on the floor of the state Assembly last week. AB 218 is needed legislation that would ban the box that people with records must currently check on public sector employment applications. The bill did pass in the Assembly, but it still needs to go through the Senate and then to the governor’s desk before it becomes law.


Justice Not Jails strongly urges you to contact your own supervisor and ask,

Why is our county opposing the passage of AB 218 in Sacramento? How can you justify such a position??

A map of the five supervisory districts along with the contact information for each supervisor may be found here.

Background information about the bill itself may be found here.

Peter Laarman
Justice Not Jails

About Peter Laarman

Rev. Peter Laarman serves on the Justice Not Jails steering committee. He formerly directed Progressive Christians Uniting, the LA-based network of activist individuals and congregations that first launched Justice Not Jails in 2012 as a multifaith initiative. He served as the senior minister of New York’s Judson Memorial Church from 1994 to 2004. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Peter spent 15 years as a labor movement strategist and communications specialist prior to training for ministry.


  1. JOEL C. HOLMES says:

    Liberals want to have it BOTH ways. More laws= More prisoners & ex-“Offenders.” Beat Dan Satterberg (King Co. WA Prosecutor). ONE “Jacob Javits” is enough (if you like Billboard-style slogans)!