On November 4, 2014, the California Voters passed Proposition 47, also known as "The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act." The new law changes sentences for low-level nonviolent crimes such as simple drug possession and petty theft from felonies to misdemeanors. This website provides an overview of Proposition 47, answers question and provides helpful links and resources.
Disabled American Veterans assists veterans and their families in filing claims for VA disability compensation and pension; vocational rehabilitation and employment; education; home loan guaranty; life insurance; death benefits; health care and much more. All services are provided free of charge.
Inner City Law Center
Inner City Law Center serves the poorest and most vulnerable individuals and families in Los Angeles County. They provide a range of legal representation and social service advocacy focused on housing and homelessness, benefits assistance, and homeless veterans.
The Veterans Justice Center (VJC) is a special program of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. VJC is dedicated to honoring and protecting low-income veterans and their families through high-quality legal assistance and representation, as well as clinical case management services, to maintain economic security, promote housing stability and remove barriers to employment and self-sufficiency. VJC advocates on behalf of low-income veterans in a range of civil legal services, including government benefits, housing and eviction defense, record expungement and citation defense, family law, employment law and other consumer law matters.
LawHelpCA provides low-income Californians with easy online access to basic legal resources and attorney information. LawHelpCA DOES NOT provide direct legal services. LawHelpCA provides a clear and simple portal to quality legal services referrals and legal self-help information for veterans.
The SOS Program is a pilot program that is designed as a structured alternative to the traditional court system that provides individuals who are processed for non-violent, non-drug-related issues to have the option of choosing a social service approach or to return to the traditional court system.
The Patriotic Hall Legal Assistance Center is a one-stop drop-in legal clinic for veterans. Creation of this one-stop shop is truly innovative as it brought together multiple legal service providers, including LAFLA, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Levitt & Quinn, Loyola Law School, as well as the Los Angeles Law Library, to provide daily legal assistance to veterans at a Los Angeles County veteran services site — something that had never been done in Los Angeles County.
Public Counsel's Center for Veterans Advancement (CVA), a national leader in veteran's advocacy, provides direct representation, or representation through pro bono partners, to veterans and their families. CVA provides legal representation at both the local and national levels and coordinates its work with efforts underway to establish special "Veterans' Courts" in Northern and Southern California designed to meet the unique needs of returning veterans.
The Court provides veterans an impartial judicial forum for review of administrative decisions by the Board of Veterans' Appeals that is adverse to the veteran-appellant's claim of entitlement to benefits for service-connected disabilities, survivor benefits and other benefits such as education payments and waiver of indebtedness.
The Veterans Court allows veterans who suffer from mental health problems stemming from U.S. military service to receive treatment as an alternative to incarceration for nonviolent felonies. Veterans Court will provide eligible defendants the opportunity to participate in mental health and substance use disorder treatment programs specifically designed for veterans.
Veterans Court offers a therapeutic alternative and support services to U.S. military service personnel who become involved with the criminal justice system, and who need effective mental health treatment to address issues, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder "PTSD", Traumatic Brain Injury "TBI" and other serious mental health problems. Veterans Court, which opened in November 2008 at the Community Court building, is a collaborative partnership with the Veterans Administration, which has funded a full-time case manager, and with other State and local veteran service providers.