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.
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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

  • TheatreWorkers Project Receives “Artists Activating Communities” Grant

    Friends Outside in Los Angeles County is honored to be a part of this exciting project with whom we are partnered on our new Dads Back! Academy, fatherhood services for re-entry fathers (and mothers). State …
  • Dads Back! Academy Grand Opening Celebration – Sept. 30

    Please join us for the Grand Opening of our Dads Back! Academy, fatherhood services for re-entry fathers (and mothers) who are parents (or like parents) to a child under the age of 24.  The event …
  • Focus On: Fathers, Imprisonment and the Impact on Kids

    More than 5 million children in the U.S. have had a parent who lived with them go to jail or prison. That’s one in 28 kids, compared with one in 125 about 30 years ago. …
  • 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. …