We stand with kids in the justice system no matter what.
Our Dual Approach
We challenge laws and policies that systemically criminalize youth of color and poor youth. From the courthouse to the statehouse, we advocate for a Louisiana where children are supported in their community, not locked in jails and prisons.
We provide specialized, no-cost legal representation to children in the justice system and adults who were sentenced as children. We work with every client to address their unique needs both inside and outside the courtroom.
Often when a child is arrested, it’s a sign that another crisis is going on in their life. That was the case for 13-year-old Corey. His family was evicted while he was on probation, making it almost impossible for him to fulfill all of the court’s requirements. Luckily, he had his LCCR team on his side.
Just before coronavirus struck last spring, “Jalen” was arrested for a carjacking. Too often, people equate arrest with guilt. But in poorer communities of color, just about anyone can get arrested—even children. This was one of those cases.
The justice system normally attempts accountability through prosecution, conviction, and incarceration. However, there’s a way to hold kids accountable and provide healing without causing further harm. It’s called restorative justice.