FOLA builds a bridge to successful re-integration.
FOLA builds a bridge to successful re-integration.

We are about impacting people's lives in a meaningful way for successful re-entry to the family and community. Click to learn about our "success" stories.

FOLA builds a bridge to successful re-integration.
We help invisible victims — children and families — when a family member is incarcerated.
We help invisible victims — children and families — when a family member is incarcerated.

FOLA addresses the needs of a forgotten part of our society – children and families with incarcerated loved ones. Help us help those in need.

We help invisible victims — children and families — when a family member is incarcerated.
FOLA's programs build critical life-skills.
FOLA's programs build critical life-skills.

From Dad's Back! to Parole to Payroll, we offer a range of programs to help the re-entry population have a better life. Click to learn more!

FOLA's programs build critical life-skills.
FOLA is a bridge to help you re-enter society.
FOLA is a bridge to help you re-enter society.

We help our clients become more self-sufficient to reduce recidivism while solving the problems of inter-generational crime and incarceration on families and communities. Get help now!

FOLA is a bridge to help you re-enter society.
Support us helping those in need.
Support us helping those in need.

Join the FOLA team and make a significant difference in your community. Please volunteer or donate today!

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Because of incarceration’s high cost, negative impact upon families, and overall failure to deter crime, Friends Outside in Los Angeles County believes that society at-large is not well-served by its reliance upon incarceration as the preponderant response to criminal behavior.

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News & Announcements

  • Department of “Corrections”

    In case our followers are wondering what a “Risson,” is (see our last newsletter) . . . some of the letters on my computer keyboard are no longer visible. Hence, I typed “Risson” instead of …
  • Weaver Appointed to Blue Ribbon Commission by Mayor Garcetti

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric ­­­Garcetti has appointed Mary Weaver, Executive Director, to his newly-formed Commission on Employment Equity. The Com­mission’s charge is to address the Citywide need to increase ­em­ployment amongst Angelenos with criminal rec­ords. …
  • Speak Up for Families of the Incarcerated! Ask Your Senator to Vote YES on SB 1157

    FCLCA is a co-sponsor of Sen. Holly Mitchell’s Senate Bill 1157, Strengthening Family Connections: In-Person Visitation. This bill preserves in-person visitation for people who are incarcerated in local detention and correctional facilities, including those detained …
  • Celebrating FOLA’s Partnership with the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

    20 hearty souls/40 hearty soles showed up in spite of a light rain to the Los Angeles County Arboretum on Saturday, May 7, for the approximate 25th annual walk to benefit Friends Outside in Los …
  • HOT OFF THE PRESS!

    Friends Outside in Los Angeles County (FOLA) was just notified of its largest grant award in the organization’s history –  a $5,000,000 grant over a period of five years!  The “New Pathways for Fathers and …