WLS: Women & Reentry

October 12th, 2017

Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors brought together attorneys, advocates, and philanthropists from across Los Angeles to raise awareness about the exponential rate increase of female incarceration and to highlight the Garcetti Administration’s recent initiatives for women who are looking to rebuild their lives upon reentry. Panelists with lived experience who have successfully navigated reentry shared their powerful stories while experts in the field discussed what is needed to support reentering women and their families. The purpose of this event was threefold: One, to raise awareness around the exponential rate at which female incarceration has grown over the past three decades; two, to highlight the ways in which the Mayor is working to create employment opportunities, and to facilitate financial empowerment and navigate legal obstacles for women who are looking to rebuild their lives upon reentry; and three to issue a call to action.

Over the past two years, the Garcetti Administration’s ground-breaking work in the field of reentry has positioned Los Angeles as a national leader in this space. Specifically, the Mayor’s Office has launched a free legal clinic for formerly incarcerated community members, secured $6 million in Proposition 47 cost savings, and laid the groundwork for initiatives to raise awareness around the unique issues facing women upon reentry.


  • Dr. Kathryn Icenhower, CEO and Co-Founder, SHIELDS for Families
  • Dr. Stephany Powell, Executive Director, Journey Out
  • Romarilyn Ralston, Program Coordinator, Project Rebound (lived experience)
  • Boa Smith, Program Officer, Just Detention International (lived experience)