off the cuffMONTEREY PARK — The ACLU of Southern California, JACL-Pacific Southwest District and other partners will host “Off the Cuff,” a teach-in and roundtable discussion on Saturday, Oct. 25, with candidates for Los Angeles County sheriff.

The day-long event, to be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at East Los Angeles College, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez in Monterey Park, will address the need for major structural changes to reduce incarceration rates, improve public safety and restore devastated neighborhoods.

It will feature panel sessions on civilian oversight, immigrant detention, mental health diversion and youth and incarceration. Speakers will include activists, academics, and individuals formerly detained in Los Angeles County jails. The day will conclude with a roundtable discussion moderated by KPCC’s Frank Stoltze. Sheriff candidates Jim McDonnell and Paul Tanaka have been invited.

“Off the Cuff” sponsors: ACLU of Southern California, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles, Advancement Project, Asian American Journalists Association-L.A. Chapter, Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Common Cause, API Christians for Social Justice, California Forward, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, Dignity & Power Now, East Los Angeles College Students for Political Awareness, Filipino American Service Group Inc., Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, Japanese American Citizens League-Pacific Southwest District, Korean American Coalition, Korean Churches for Community Development, L.A. Business Federation, Los Angeles No More Jails, L.A. Progressive, A New Way of Life, Organization of Chinese Americans-Greater Los Angeles, People’s College of Law, Saks Institute, South Central Los Angeles Regional Center, Strategic Concepts in Organizing & Policy Education, Youthbuild and Youth Justice Coalition.​

For more information, contact Jess Farris at (213) 977-5208 or

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