Last week, DRLC submitted a letter to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors regarding alternatives to incarceration. DRLC urges the County to support policies and practices that implement treatment for people with mental illness, while also making sustained financial commitments to rehabilitation programs that will help reduce recidivism and increase public safety.
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Preliminary Approval Granted in DRLC's Class Action against the County of Los Angeles
On February 26, 2013, Judge Consuelo B. Marshall issued an order granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Approval of the Class Action Settlement between DRLC and co-counsel Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), and the County of Los Angeles in the precedent setting emergency management planning case Communities Actively Living Independent and Free, et al. v. City of Los Angeles, et al., Case No.: 2:09-cv-00287-CBM-RZ. A fairness hearing will be scheduled in the next few months. The class settlement, once approved, will require the County of Los Angeles to include the unique needs of people with disabilities in their emergency management plans, positively impacting the lives of some 800,000 persons. DRLC and co-counsel reached a similar settlement with the City of Los Angeles last year.
To view the Notice of Class Settlement, please click here.
To view a PDF of the Settlement, please click here.