Story Bank

The costs of incarceration are not just fiscal. They are also social. Arrest and incarceration — even for just a few days — can severely impact a person’s life, family, work, and community.

Few people know the full costs of the world’s largest jail system better than the residents of L.A.’s Million Dollar Hoods. And many of them are speaking out about what it’s like to live in one of L.A.’s most heavily incarcerated communities by providing testimony at a series of public hearings the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations is currently holding on the subject of policing in Los Angeles. At these hearings, the Commission is inviting community members to share their personal experiences with any of the forty-five law enforcement agencies that serve jurisdictions within Los Angeles County.

On September 10, 2016, the Commission convened its first hearing.  It was held in the County’s 5th Supervisorial District, which includes L.A. County’s top two Million Dollar Hoods, Lancaster and Palmdale.  Dozens of Lancaster and Palmdale residents attended the hearing, stood before the Commission, and used their three minutes of allotted time to speak about the impact of policing, arrest, and incarceration on their lives. Segments of their testimony are posted here in the Million Dollar Hoods Story Bank. These testimonies provide for a fuller accounting of the total costs of incarceration in L.A.’s Million Dollar Hoods.

Between now and January 2017, the Commission will hold five more hearings: one in each of the remaining four Supervisorial districts and one dedicated to allowing law enforcement officials the opportunity to respond to the testimony provided by community members. Once available, segments of testimony from each of these hearings will also be posted in the Million Dollar Hoods Story Bank.

For more information on the Commission’s upcoming hearings, contact the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations.