Engaging the Community to Reduce Youth Recidivism

The Los Angeles County Department of Probation is working to reduce recidivism by using evidence-based practices and community-based services to help justice-involved youths succeed. To assist with these efforts, FUSE Executive Fellow Kim Bowman Jr. brought community voice and leadership into governmental processes, while strengthening the strategic visioning and management practices of the largest probation department in the country. By bolstering leadership and increasing community engagement, Kim is helping reduce recidivism for justice-involved youths. As part of his work, Kim helped the department craft a new mission, vision, and core value statements. He developed new programs to support the department’s professional development initiatives, including a women’s mentorship program and a management-level administrative training seminar. He helped multiple diverse teams representing the department, the community, and county partners develop critical countywide response plans and budgets, and he co-led the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council subcommittee, which developed L.A. County’s fiscal year 2021-2022 Comprehensive Multi-Agency Juvenile Justice Plan. The subcommittee also worked on the funding plan that will allocate $66.7 million from the Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act, which supports government and community-based programs serving 25,000 young people. Additionally, he served as acting executive officer for the Juvenile Coordinating Council, helping its five subcommittees with their work. Kim is continuing to build processes for management training initiatives and support strategic updates to plans for youth-based crime prevention.