Restorative Justice


The Women’s Reentry Court (WRC) began in May 2007 and targets women parolees and probationers who are charged with a new offense in Los Angeles County. In lieu of a state prison sentence, participants are enrolled in an intensive six-month minimum residential program followed by up to 12 months of outpatient treatment. Evidence-based, gender-responsive, trauma-informed and culturally competent treatment services, including substance abuse treatment, mental health services, housing, employment assistance, child reunification and domestic violence counseling are provided by Prototypes. The program is a specialized drug court combining intensive supervision, mandatory drug testing, positive reinforcement, appropriate sanctions, and court-supervised treatment to address participants’ criminal activity and underlying issues.  Since the program's inception, 250 women have been formally admitted to the program. The program has proven success in positive outcomes for women and cost savings and has demonstrated that high risk women offenders can be succesfully treated in the community. Participation and graduation rates far exceed return to prison rates, women are responding to an array of services unavailable in prison, and women have experienced reductions in post traumatic stress disorder. This data has been measured by an evaluation (June 22, 2011) conducted by Dr. Nena Messina of UCLA-ISAP. Finally, the WRC has received national, state and local recognition including achievement awards from the National Association of Counties, the California State Association of Counties and the Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Commission.