Victim Representation at Parole Hearings

Effective, December 8, 2020, the LA County District Attorney’s Office issued a special directive adopting a default policy not to attend parole hearings and will support in writing the grant of parole for a person who has already served their mandatory minimum period of incarceration.

In response, Sheriff Villanueva has announced the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will support victims of crimes by accompanying victims, when requested, to parole hearings.

Support for victims and their families will include:

  • Letters written outlining the circumstances of the cases to the parole board
  • Upon request, investigators will attempt to accompany victim(s) and their families to virtual parole hearings
  • Upon request, investigators will attempt to accompany victim(s) and their families to in-person parole hearings

Sheriff Villanueva firmly believes we are not safer by putting offenders’ interests over the needs of crime victims #VictimsMatter

Read Sheriff Villanueva’s response letter to District Attorney Gascon here.

Read the details of Special Directive 20-14, issued by District Attorney George Gascon here.

How to request support for an upcoming parole hearing

Please review the below criteria so your request can be appropriately routed to the investigating LASD unit:

  • Case must have been investigated by LASD
  • Gather case information such as:
  1. Case/File number
  2. Location where the crime occurred
  3. Date of the crime
  4. Victim(s) name
  5. Suspect(s) name
  6. Parole Hearing information

Provide as much case information as possible in the Notes section of the “Parole Hearing Support Inquiry Form.”

For more support, Contact Victim Advocate Groups

Marsy’s Law Assistance – If you are a victim or a family member advocating for a victim, and would like attorney assistance in court or during parole hearing, email: Marsyslawhelp@gmail.com for more information.

Chief Laura E. Lecrivain has been a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (Department) since 1995.  She oversees Countywide Services Division which includes the Community Partnerships, Community Colleges, Parks, and County Services Bureau.  Prior to her promotion to chief, she worked as a commander for Countywide Services Division and Custody Division. 

As a captain, Chief Lecrivain commanded the Twin Towers Correctional Facility (TTCF) where she was responsible for over 800 personnel and the care of 3,000 mentally ill inmates arrested in Los Angeles County (County).  The TTCF is the largest mental health facility in the United States and houses the County’s most severe mental health inmates.  

During her time on the Department, Chief Lecrivain had the privilege of working an array of assignments.  As a deputy, she worked Century Station patrol, detective bureau, and Operation Safe Streets (OSS).  Later, as a sergeant, Chief Lecrivain worked at the Men’s Central Jail, Compton Station, OSS, and Administrative Services Division.  Upon her promotion to lieutenant, Chief Lecrivain worked as a watch commander at Palmdale Station, and later at Compton Station.   

Chief Lecrivain is lifetime resident of Los Angeles County.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management, and a Masters’ Degree in Leadership from the University of Southern California.  In her spare time, Chief Lecrivain enjoys spending time with her family and Dodger baseball.  She also loves reading and enjoys running.