Come Celebrate With Us 2024!
Join us on Thursday, March 21st at our annual benefit event -- the Celebration for Children’s Rights -- as we celebrate our successes and come together to make Louisiana a better place for all children. We will also be presenting our Calogero Champion of Justice Award to Ubuntu Village for its incredible work helping families advocate for themselves and their children in New Orleans’ juvenile legal system.
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.
Amaya’s journey to freedom from one of Louisiana’s most infamous youth prisons
When we first met "Amaya" as a high school sophomore, she had already been sentenced to 10 years in one of the state's most infamous youth prisons. Our team knew that for her safety and well-being, we needed to get Amaya out of that facility. Here's how we helped her on her journey to freedom.
How Joshua survived childhood trauma and youth imprisonment
At an early age, "Joshua" was forced to be the "adult" of the household--getting his younger siblings off to school and coming up with money for groceries. He stopped going to school, fell in with a bad crowd, and began committing armed robberies--resulting in his imprisonment for 7 years. Here's how we helped.
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.
How Campbell overcame his struggle with grief and school disconnect
We first met “Campbell” as a 10th grader arrested on a simple burglary charge. After the devastating loss of his older brother, Campbell ran into trouble in school, resulting in his expulsion. When his school district gave up on him, his mother came to us for help. Here’s how we got Campbell back on track.
Alternatives to Incarceration: Spotlight on Credible Messengers
For generations, the U.S. has overly relied on prosecution and incarceration as the primary forms of accountability, but with lackluster results. Given the high cost and poor track record of punitive punishments, LCCR and other advocates are pushing for alternatives to the traditional prosecution and incarceration routes. Today we explore the concept of Credible Messengers.
FY 2023: What Your Support Made Possible this Year
It's been another huge year for LCCR. We served more than 600 kids between New Orleans and East Baton Rouge, defended against a rollback of the Raise the Age law, and welcomed Kristen Rome to the Co-Executive Director role. Click here to read all about what your support helped us achieve in FY 2023.
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