August 30, 2012
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-California) is championing the opening of a special program in Compton to help ex-inmates successfully transition back into the community. The program, will provide employment-focused services, occupational training that leads to industry recognized credentials in demand industries, mentoring and assistance, supportive services such as housing, substance abuse programs, and mental health. One of Richardson’s goals is to make sure that the local churches in South Los Angeles, Watts, Compton, Carson and North Long Beach are an integral part of this new program.
“The reintegration of ex-offenders is a high priority for me because there is a huge need for these services,” said Richardson. “I am a big believer in second chances and am proud to be a part of this effort.”
Richardson currently represents 58 percent of the newly created 44th Congressional District, making her the natural incumbent. First elected to Congress in 2007, she became the first person in United States history to serve at the local, state, and federal level in the span of less than one year. She is a member of International Association of Machinists, giving her the distinction of being the first Machinist elected to Congress.
The 44th Congressional District includes the cities of Carson, Compton, South Gate, Lynwood, and the communities of Watts, Wilmington, San Pedro, northern Long Beach, and Walnut Park.