True justice offers healing, hope and opportunity for growth.
Our goal is one just system in Los Angeles County:
centered on strong communities and practical resources, not prisons.
holds people accountable when laws are broken, and holds itself accountable for responding in ways that increase safety and prevent future crimes. Care is taken to understand the circumstances of every child and adult in the system. People are treated equitably without regard to wealth or race. Legal representation is fair. Consequences are compassionate and designed to develop potential, with incarceration used only as a last resort. One just system counts every person’s well-being as a measure of the whole community’s health, and looks to communities first for solutions.
Justice systems across the U.S. have bypassed these principles. Currently, the system in LA County stands out nationally for its problems. At JMLF, we believe in LA County’s potential to develop one just system and become a different kind of leader—in a movement toward true justice nationwide.
The best advice we’ve been given comes from the people most impacted by justice system failures—those who are behind bars or have been incarcerated. We’re listening as they build a framework for true justice along with their families, communities and activists; often working together with people who have been hurt by crimes. Our role is to learn from their stories and strategies, stand beside them, and offer support that’s informed by their experience.
LA County represents a pivotal opportunity to show how quickly an entrenched system can change.
|We’re beginning this work in our local community because the Los Angeles County criminal justice system is marked by some of the most extreme discrimination and abuses in the U.S. We believe people who are imprisoned are as much a part of our community as our best-respected leaders. We’re working toward a community-centered justice system where people have a chance to restore themselves to self-worth, health, family, the economy, democracy and our common heart.|
JMLF currently supports these nonprofit organizations working to end mass incarceration in Los Angeles County.
California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance is a statewide immigrant youth-led alliance that focuses on placing immigrant youth in advocacy and policy delegations in order to ensure pro-immigrant policies go beyond legalization, and shed light on how the criminalization of immigrants varies based on identity.
CURB: Californians united for a Responsible Budget - for a statewide coalition of 75 organizations that reduces the number of people in prisons and jails, shrinking the imprisonment system, and shifting public spending from corrections and policing to human services.
Dignity and Power Now, for building policy-influencing power and resilience for currently and formerly-incarcerated people and their communities.
Essie Justice Group - for harnessing the collective power of women with incarcerated loved ones to advocate for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Human Rights Watch, for addressing extreme sentencing applied to children and youth under the age of 18.
Initiate Justice engages people directly impacted by incarceration to pass California state ballot initiatives focused on divestment from punitive systems and investment in people, communities, and restorative means of reducing harm.
Justice Teams Network, statewide coalition of rapid response organizations across California that build infrastructure to support victims and survivors of state violence and mass criminalization.
Anti-Recidivism Coalition, for providing practical, financial, social and personal/professional development support for young people who have been incarcerated.
The California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) is a grassroots organization, with members inside and outside prison, that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex.
Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, for developing alternatives to incarceration and involving South LA residents in civic engagement and their education, welfare and public safety systems.
Children’s Defense Fund - California, for reforming LA County’s juvenile camp model, improving confinement conditions and education in the juvenile justice system, and promoting leadership and the use of data and research in decision-making.
Drug Policy Alliance, for protecting public safety and health while diminishing the role of the criminal justice system in drug policy and enforcement.
Echo Parenting and Education - for supporting and facilitating child raising and youth education in connection with empathy and with an approach that integrates current research in human development and trauma-informed care with the practice of nonviolence.
The Emergent Fund helps move quick resources with no strings attached to communities that were and continue to be under attack by federal policies and priorities – immigrants, women, Muslim and Arab-American communities, Black people, Indigenous communities, LGBTQ communities, and all people of color.
Healing Dialogue and Action, to bring together families who have lost loved ones to violence or to incarceration, for mutual healing and a united call for criminal justice system reform.
Labor Community Strategy Center, for decriminalizing fare evasion, fighting for a free student bus pass, and developing youth membership and leadership.
The Movement for Black Lives a collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country who have come together with renewed energy and purpose to articulate a common vision and agenda.
Public Counsel, for advancing reforms to the juvenile justice system and replacing the school-to-prison pipeline with educational services and supports.
Youth Justice Coalition, for mobilizing young people who are or have been incarcerated, along with their parents, to organize for change and defend their human rights.
As JMLF continues to learn, we’ll keep sharing content and voices that inform, inspire and challenge us. We may not necessarily agree with every opinion that’s expressed—but we think it’s important to hear those ideas too.
If you are interested in JMLF’s history of HIV/AIDS work
please visit our archived website
John Lloyd created JMLF to seek solutions to the AIDS epidemic. He believed medical knowledge existed to alleviate the crisis, but he also saw that a lack of wisdom, compassion and common sense were barriers to decisive action. He responded by putting his own energy and money to work for people living with AIDS.
As a boy growing up in Libertyville, Illinois, John said he wanted to leave the world a better place than he found it. He sought to reverse the root causes of problems rather than just treating their symptoms. He worked at an inner-city community housing project. He taught meditation techniques. He graduated from Taft School and the University of Illinois, and worked as a commodities broker and investment manager. In 1990, he married Heidi Mage.
Early in 1991, John passed away due to complications of AIDS. He had lived out his own wisdom, compassion and common sense, always with a sense of humor. He dedicated everything he had to making a positive impact on his world.
We remember John with love and are energized to carry his legacy forward.