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Amity Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is nationally and internationally recognized for its expertise, experience, and proven success in advocacy. Since its inception Amity Foundation has been serving individuals, families, and children affected by recidivism, crime, homelessness and addiction. Amity’s model is based on six decades of therapeutic community research evaluations and outcomes and is recognized around the world as an effective, evidence-based methodology.

Amity’s evolved teaching community model has demonstrated success in helping individuals and families change the pathway of their lives to attain dignity and success. This approach, designed to be inclusive, views participants as ‘students’ capable of active learning rather than ‘patients’ learning how to cope with a ‘disease’. We use a whole-person holistic approach with extensive interactive curricula which fosters personal growth, emotional literacy, and social responsibility. Amity’s campuses have been recognized as schools for moral development, self-actualization, and transformation.

Amity rebuilds families, strengthens communities, reduces recidivism, crime, homelessness and addiction. Amity improves the economic disparity, health, and welfare of those we serve. Amity partners with numerous agencies, counties, and states to provide a comprehensive network of support for our students.

Our culturally inclusive curriculum, teaches and empowers our students to succeed in today’s world. Our effective, evidence-based approach is proven for individuals with a variety of needs which allows them to process and heal core traumas, identify and build strengths, improve self-esteem, learn life skills, and address the underlying issues that contribute to their addiction and other self-destructive behaviors.

We serve over 3000 individuals a day in Arizona and California. Amity’s innovative, award winning projects and services are aimed at overcoming addiction, abuse, and trauma as well as the barriers for those who have a background of incarceration for successful re-entry into today’s society.

Our Mission

Amity Foundation is dedicated to the inclusion and habilitation of people marginalized by addiction, trauma, criminality, incarceration, poverty, racism, sexism, homelessness and violence.

We strive to improve health, and promote environmental, social and economic justice.

Amity is committed to research, development, implementation and dissemination of information regarding community building.

Misión de Amistad

La Fundación Amistad se dedica a la inclusión y habilitación de personas marginadas a causa de sus problemas de adicción, experiencias traumáticas, encarcelamiento, pobreza, discriminación racial o sexual, carencia de vivienda, y violencia.

Nos esforzamos por mejorar la salud y promover la justicia ambiental, social y económica.

La Fundación Amistad está  entregada a la investigación,  desarrollo, ejecución y difusión  de información dirigida a construir un sentido comunitario más completo.

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Annual Reports

George Gascón Takes Oath of Office and Institutes Sweeping Reforms

George Gascón Takes Oath of Office and Institutes Sweeping Reforms To Transform The Largest Criminal Justice Jurisdiction In America. Gascón Ends the Use of Money Bail, Enhancements, 3 Strikes, Juvenile Transfers, and the Death Penalty. Gascon Announces Unprecedented Efforts to Resentence 20,000 People in Prison and Review Police Use Of Force Cases Dating Back to 2012

LOS ANGELES – Today, [Dec. 8, 2020] George Gascón took the oath of office and announced immediate, decisive reforms to transform America’s largest criminal justice jurisdiction. Taken together the sweeping reforms are expected to permanently change the course of California’s criminal justice system and end the era of mass incarceration in Los Angeles.

“It is time to change course and implement a system of justice that will enhance our safety and humanity,” said Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón. “Today we are confronting the lie that stripping entire communities of their liberties somehow made us safer–and we’re doing it with science, research, and data. For decades those who profit off incarceration have used their enormous political influence–cloaked in the false veil of safety–to scare the public and our elected officials into backing racist policies that created more victims, destroyed budgets, and shattered our moral compass.  That lie and the harm it caused ends now.”


Returning Home Well Initiative Launch

$30 Million Public-Private Partnership Launched to Support Returning Citizens, as California Urgently Reduces Prison Populations to Curb Impact of COVID-19 Philanthropies and nonprofits partner with the State of California and Governor Gavin Newsom to provide much-needed reentry services 

Initiative Highlights

  • Reducing California’s prison population is imperative to curb the spread of COVID and protect public health for everyone – the state has taken important steps to achieve this
    California like other states, has never adequately invested in support for reentry programs committed to ensuring people exiting the justice system successfully return to their communities and contribute to their families.
  • Ensuring people released from prison can get back to work and secure safe housing has never been more important — for everyone’s health and safety.
    Research shows that supporting re-entry programs is one of the best ways to reduce recidivism and promote economic stability for people who have exited the justice system, making us all safer.
  • Study after study has shown the failure to invest in reentry support leads to housing and economic insecurity, with devastating impacts for communities.