Below is a list of organization in Louisiana who provide training, services, materials and support to persons in contact with the criminal justice and delinquency systems in Louisiana:
American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana (ACLU of Louisiana)
The ACLU of Louisiana is a non-profit, non-partisan organization fighting for individual rights and freedoms as guaranteed by the US and Louisiana Constitutions. Critical among those are rights to equal protection and due process, as well as the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. The ACLU of Louisiana has been working to protect these rights in the courts, legislature and community since 1956.
Arc of Louisiana
The Arc of Louisiana is an organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. It is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc is people Ò people with developmental disabilities, parents, family members, and friends who work together. We are a grassroots organization with over 6,000 members affiliated through 21 local chapters across the state. A board of directors and a delegate body of representatives from each chapter guides the work of The Arc. The Arc staff work hard to make a difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With guidance from our board of directors, The Arc of Louisiana works hand-in-hand with our many local chapters to fulfill The Arc's mission throughout the state.
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)
ACORN is the nation's largest community organization for low- and moderate-income families, working together for social justice ad stronger communities. ACORN has offices in Louisiana in Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, and New Orleans.
Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC)
Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children have joined together to fight for a better life for our children and our communities. FFLIC is mothers, grandmothers, families who struggle with disability or mental health. FFLIC is allies of families who fight the systemic abuse that tears down communities and families. FFLIC supports and offers advice to each other, and helps develop leadership skills among its members. FFLIC works to united and empower people to fight for change and build strong communities.
Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJPL)
Founded in 1997, the mission of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana is to transform the juvenile justice system into one that builds on the strengths of young people, families and communities in order to instill hope and to ensure children are given the greatest opportunities to grow and thrive. Through advocacy, media support, organizing and policy work, JJPL remains committed to improving the quality of juvenile justice statewide, including implementation of evidence-based best practices and programs. JJPL continues its efforts to ensure that each child who comes in contact with the justice system is provided effective, quality representation in a system that focuses on rehabilitation, education and alternatives to incarceration.ð
Louisiana Appleseed uncovers and corrects injustices and barriers to opportunity through legal, legislative and market-based structural reform. Working with our huge pro bono network, Appleseed identifies, researchs and analyzes social injustices, makes specific recommendations, and advocates for effective solutions to deep-seated structural problems. Appleseed projects ensure that state and local policies and procedures are just and that public defenders and other stakeholders in the criminal justice system are equipped with the tools necessary to ethically and effectively represent criminal defendants.
Louisiana CURE (Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants)
CURE is an international organization in more than 40 states and 8 countries that seeks to reduce crime through reform of the criminal justice system, especially prison reform. CURE has a staffed office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and holds monthly membership meetings. Members receive a newsletter, opportunities to network with other CURE chapters at national events, and access to events and materials designed to improve prison life.
Resurrection After Exoneration
Resurrection After Exoneration (RAE) provides direct service and opportunities to allow exonerees to re-establish themselves as functioning members of their community. RAE facilitates opportunities for exonerees and other returning long-term offenders to address the emotional, physical and psychological effects of life in prison. RAE is creating a sustainable business that will provide job training and income to exonerees and other returning long-term offenders, while ensuring the long-term viability of the organization. RAE also undertakes a public education campaign to inform the public about wrongful conviction and serves as an example for good for future generations.
Safe Streets/Strong Communities
Safe Streets/Strong Communities is a community-based organization that campaigns fro a new criminal justice system in New Orleans Ò one that cerates safe streets and strong communities for everyone, regardless of race or economic status. Safe Streets/Strong Communities is a membership organization that was formed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Since its founding, Safe Streets/Strong Communities has worked to improve the independence of the public defender office, create an Office of the Independent Monitor to oversee police practices and worked with the Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) Sheriff to ensure that children are never again house at OPP.
Urban League of Greater New Orleans
The Urban League of Greater New Orleans was founded in 1938 at the urging of local African-American businessmen and religious leaders, with national support from the Council of Social Agencies and National Urban League. Through advocacy, community organization/mobilization, and program services in the areas of education, economic development, employment and training, youth services and family support, the League's mission is to help individuals attain economic self-sufficiency. .
VOTE is a grassroots, membership-based organization founded and run by formerly incarcerated persons in partnership with allies dedicated to ending the disenfranchisement and discrimination against formerly incarcerated persons. Through civic engagement and training, VOTE will create a strong group of reformer to lead the transformation of the criminal justice system.
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