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LCCR’s Reentry Specialist: Helping Rebuild Young Lives After Juvenile Prison
Shon Williams has worked at LCCR the past five years, and prior to that, he was incarcerated for 26 years for a crime he committed as a teenager. As our new Reentry Specialist, Shon is now using that lived experience to guide young people through their first steps back into the community after leaving prison.
Pelicans Star CJ McCollum Visits LCCR and New Orleans’ Juvenile Jail
CJ McCollum, the Pelicans’ starting shooting guard and president of the National Basketball Player Association, stopped by LCCR's office and the city's juvenile jail to learn more about the juvenile legal system landscape in New Orleans. Here's what McCollum says he learned through his visit with our staff and New Orleans' incarcerated youth.
Kids Out of Angola, but Louisiana’s Juvenile Prisons Continue to Worsen
In September, a judge ordered the removal of incarcerated youth from Angola. Shortly after, the state announced it would end its contract with the Ware Youth Center. While we support both these moves, we remain concerned about conditions for Louisiana's incarcerated youth.
Bringing the Power of Reading to Incarcerated Children
LCCR has started a book club for the children incarcerated at the New Orleans juvenile jail. Through it, kids are choosing the books we read and leading the group discussions. Incarceration may restrict a young person’s body, but books allow their mind to be free.
133 DEGREES AND NO AC: KIDS AT ANGOLA PRISON KEPT IN POTENTIALLY DEADLY HEAT
Children incarcerated on the former death row unit of Louisiana’s Angola prison were locked in their cells without air conditioning for several days this month amid scorching summer temperatures, according to a teenager held at the facility. The child, identified by the pseudonym Charles C., said in a statement to his attorney that the kids were only let out of their cells for an eight-minute shower, which they had to take while handcuffed with their ankles shackled.Read More
Delays, lack of transparency in the juvenile justice system are wreaking havoc on families
It was on a late spring day when Amanda Schroeder finally received the report she had been hoping for. A student she’d been working with as a social worker for the nonprofit Communities in Schools had successfully passed the 7th grade. Normally, this wouldn’t be a particularly remarkable moment, but this child’s situation was anything but ordinary. The student, who Gambit is not naming because of age and privacy laws, had earlier that school year spent a month wrapped up in New Orleans’ juvenile justice system, an experience that had left the 13-year-old so traumatized it threatened to derail the rest […]
LOUISIANA TO IMPRISON JUVENILES AT ANGOLA PRISON’S DEATH ROW
The state of Louisiana is considering transferring at least 20 minors incarcerated in its juvenile correction system to be housed on death row. The state alleges these children are amongst its most problematic incarcerated minors, and that placing them on death row is in line with government obligations to rehabilitate juvenile offenders. Lana Charles, who has worked to provide arts programs in Louisiana’s juvenile justice system for 15 years, joins Rattling the Bars to explain the situation of incarcerated youth in her state. Luliana “Lana” Charles has worked with youth for over 15 years in the capacity of the arts, enrichment and […]
WHEN KIDS ARE PUNISHED LIKE ADULTS
Inside Story travels to Louisiana, where we find a community group protesting the state’s decision to move some youth to Angola, a notorious prison for adults.
Teens Are Being Sent to Louisiana’s Angola Prison and Held on Its Former Death Row
One day last summer, 17-year-old Alex learned, while watching the news, that kids detained at the juvenile facility where he was living were slated to be transferred to the Louisiana State Penitentiary, known as Angola. Alex was overcome by fear and couldn't sleep. While waiting to be taken to the notoriously violent adult, maximum-security prison, he started pulling out his hair.  In October, Louisiana acted on its decision and transferred the first group of children to Angola — without providing advance notice to them, their parents, guardians, or lawyers. The ACLU, where I work, represents Alex (who is using a pseudonym because he is underage) and several other young people in a lawsuit against the state of Louisiana, challenging this inhumane transfer of children to Angola.
LOUISIANA IMPRISONS CHILDREN IN A FORMER DEATH ROW UNIT. THE KIDS SAY IT HAUNTS THEM.
Children held at the Louisiana State Penitentiary—better known as the notorious Angola prison—have been locked in their cells for days at a time, only allowed to leave to shower, according to a 15-year-old who was detained at the unit. During his time there, he says guards twisted his arm and sprayed him and others with mace.   
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