We defend the presumption of innocence.


Los Angeles is the epicenter of mass incarceration. With 17,000 people in cages, Los Angeles has the largest jail system on the entire planet. Approximately 44% of the people held in LA County jails are pretrial, meaning they are legally innocent and have not been convicted of the purported crime. That amounts to 7,500 people denied the presumption of innocence every day in Los Angeles. La Defensa fights back against pretrial incarceration, defending our constitutional right to freedom in Los Angeles and across California.



La Defensa builds on the legacy of community resistance. Find out about our organization, our mission and our approach.


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