How can Baton Rouge employers help cut incarceration rate? Hire former inmates, officials say.
When Arthur Parker left prison this summer after serving more than 20 years for a burglary conviction, what he wanted most was a job to support himself.
Louisiana reserved $8.5M of criminal justice reform savings for improvements; here's where it will go
Louisiana leaders announced Wednesday their plans for spending much of the $8.54 million earmarked from criminal justice reform savings, with the largest portions headed to Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
New Orleans judges enter 'uncharted territory,' and budget peril, after federal court decisions
Federal judges delivered a one-two gut punch to the New Orleans criminal court system this month, declaring that judges have an inherent conflict of interest both when they set bail amounts and when they impose court fees that pad their budgets. read more
NEW ORLEANS COURT ORDERED TO STOP FUNDING ITSELF ON THE BACKS OF THE POOR
New Orleans courts will need to drastically revamp the way they treat poor defendants after two orders handed down by federal judges in the past two weeks struck down both the city’s bail system and a crucial funding structure. read more
Concerns, questions surround $8.5M 'reinvestment' from Louisiana's criminal justice reforms savings
A year since the state passed massive criminal justice reforms, much of the focus has been on Louisiana newly shedding its notorious title as the nation’s top jailer. read more
Thousands of Felons Likely to HaveVoting Rights Restored After This Final Step
by Elizabeth Crisp, The Advocate, May 17, 2018
Louisiana Lawmakers Back New Guidelines For Women in Prison
Kentucky gets Louisiana’s spot in pilot Koch Industries' funded prison re-entry program
by Grace Toohey, The Advocate , April 17, 2018
USA Today: By ex-felons, for ex-felons: Re-entry that works
In this article, Lottie Joiner touches on the backgrounds of the founding members of The First 72. She also conducts a thorough review of our transitional housing facility, which she describes as "[sitting] on the corner of a street in the heart of New Orleans, just across from the parish jail and a few blocks away from the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. The three-bedroom home is lightly decorated: a pull-out couch hugs a wall in the den, a table for four is planted in the middle of a small kitchen. Each bedroom has two beds and a closet with donated clothes sits between them. Many of the men who seek out the First 72+ show up wearing their orange, prison-issued jumpsuit. As the rain pounds heavily outside, inside a man watches television while another finishes a meal. The house offers a much-needed embrace to men who have been marginalized by the criminal justice system — the hurt and the forgotten. It provides a sense of comfort and security for those needing a safe space to rest."
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