I have seen the FOLA chapter grow from an acorn to a “Mighty Oak.”

George Ferrick

About Friends Outside Los Angeles

Here at Friends Outside Los Angeles (FOLA) we assist children and families, prisoners, and former prisoners with the immediate and long-term effects of incarceration, and to act as a bridge between those we serve, the community at large, and the criminal justice system, thereby enhancing the character of justice.

Our Programs


  • TRIBUTE TO SAMUEL SPICER, JR., 1953 – 2022

    Sam had the best people skills of anyone she ever knew. And, that was where the specialness began.

  • A Conversation with Cheryl Cromwell

    Mary: Tell us about yourself. Cheryl: I have a master’s in social work from Bryn Mawr College with a specialization in community organizing and social planning.  I’ve taught in schools […]
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  • Honoring a Hero, Samuel Spicer, Jr., and reflecting on his contributions to FOLA

    As he will readily tell it, Sam Spicer, Jr. had been in and out of jail/prison a few times when he came to Friends Outside in Los Angeles County to perform community service.

  • Program Highlight: Dads Back! Academy F.I.R.E. 

    The Friends Outside in Los Angeles County’s Dads Back! Academy F.I.R.E. program is our third-generation program designed especially for re-entry fathers, their families, and their children. 

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • TRIBUTE TO SAMUEL SPICER, JR., 1953 – 2022

    Sam had the best people skills of anyone she ever knew. And, that was where the specialness began.

  • A Conversation with Cheryl Cromwell

    Mary: Tell us about yourself. Cheryl: I have a master’s in social work from Bryn Mawr College with a specialization in community organizing and social planning.  I’ve taught in schools […]
    Read More

  • Honoring a Hero, Samuel Spicer, Jr., and reflecting on his contributions to FOLA

    As he will readily tell it, Sam Spicer, Jr. had been in and out of jail/prison a few times when he came to Friends Outside in Los Angeles County to perform community service.

  • Program Highlight: Dads Back! Academy F.I.R.E. 

    The Friends Outside in Los Angeles County’s Dads Back! Academy F.I.R.E. program is our third-generation program designed especially for re-entry fathers, their families, and their children. 

  • May brings Mother’s Day . . . 

    As we celebrate 50 years of Friends Outside in Los Angeles County in 2022, during National Women’s Month we also celebrate the women of Friends Outside Los Angeles. Today, we are celebrating former board president and women’s advocate, Joyce Ride!