29 Jul City Attorney Unveils Neighborhood Prosecutor Program in South L.A.
South Los Angeles residents engaged three new Neighborhood Prosecutors from the L.A. City Attorney’s office who will be housed at LAPD’s Southwest, Newton and 77th Street divisions. The expansion of the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program was part of the city attorney’s campaign platform to make his office more accessible to neighborhood residents.
“Neighborhood Prosecutors will help me deliver innovative and creative ways to solve unyielding problems that have long plagued us,” says City Attorney Mike Feuer. “For example, when blight is removed, crime ridden properties are cleaned up, kids walk safely to and from school, our families can thrive.”
Many South L.A. residents welcome the expansion of the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program because it has served as a vehicle to hold property owners accountable for nuisance activities on their property that prey on addiction and sex trafficking, and profit from crime.
“Oakwood Inn was a hub for drug dealing and prostitution,” says Kusema Thomas, South L.A. resident. “The police arrested people from the neighborhood but the owner made it easy for people to commit crime on his property and continued to make money.” Thomas says residents organized their neighbors and partnered with Neighborhood Prosecutors to shut the motel down.
“We are excited about the opportunity to work with City Attorney Feuer to implement solutions that involve residents, increase safety and save public dollars,” says Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Community Coalition’s president and CEO of Community Coalition.
For more information about your Neighborhood Prosecutor please call (213) 978-4090.