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Change advocate: LAC Officer Janvrin

Change requires hard work and difficult decisions, so Officer John Janvrin asks graduating participants to embrace their achievements.

Janvrin works with the Offender Mentor Certification Program (OMCP) at CSP-Los Angeles County (LAC). The program is operated by the Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP).

The first cohort of level four incarcerated participants recently graduated thanks in part to the support offered by Janvrin.

His efforts were recognized by one of the graduate’s family members.

“Throughout the program, he treated the individuals with respect and professionalism,” the family member said. “Officer Janvrin is an excellent role model, demonstrating human kindness and respect while carrying out his job duties.”

As they prepared to go through their graduation ceremony, Janvrin offered words of encouragement.

“Remember guys, you worked real hard for this. Real hard,” he told them. “Don’t walk too fast. Let them see you.”

The graduation was featured in an LA Times story.

Janvrin has worked for the department since 2008 when he reported for duty at California Correctional Institution (CCI). He then transferred to California City Correctional Facility (CAC). In 2014, he transferred to LAC and became involved in the DRP program in 2019.

“Many of these men have been incarcerated for a long time, so I’ve had the opportunity to get to know them and provide guidance when needed,” said Janvrin. “I treat them with humanity because they are human beings. While some may have committed serious offenses, our goal is to prevent such incidents from happening again. Being a part of that change and standing by them is a meaningful endeavor.”

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