The Inmate Re-Entry program is designed to help to create a better and hopefully more successful re-entry experience for inmates after serving their time in jail. Aside from the numerous civil and moral advantages of this program the essential civic fact is that Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate, almost twice the national average, and programs like this will help reduce the inmate population and ultimately save taxpayer dollars.
What is the 19th JDC Re-Entry Program?
In 2015 key personnel from the 19th Judicial District Courthouse (JDC) including Judge Trudy M. White embarked on raising the awareness of the court program and encourage public awareness and support of the program through means such as this website while embracing the pathways for inmates to acquire the necessary skills and training for released offenders to find employment upon release and greatly impact the typically high rates of recidivism. The team is working together with the Louisiana Department of Corrections and public entities to provide essential skills, education, housing as well as the like skills programs necessary to develop family and social skills and interactions for program participants.
How does the EBR Parish Re-Entry Program Work?
The 19th JDC Re-Entry program provides for eligible, non-violent offenders to acquire the vocational training and life skills necessary to return to society successfully. Included in the process is:
- Sentencing / Referral
- Assessment-Getting Set Up
- Action Plans – Addressing Academic Needs
- Follow Up
After their release offenders are required to check in monthly with the judges. Read More.
Why Do We Do It
The goal of the 19th Judicial Court Re-Entry Program is to reduce crime, combat recidivism and enhance public safety in Louisiana.
The 19th Judicial Re-Entry Court builds on the gifts and talents of “returning citizens,” who in association with others, help to build a sense of community that will sustain a positive transformative change in their lives.
A "Gift Centered" Approach
Restoration of the Returning Citizens requires us to:
- Recognize that everyone makes mistakes
- Acknowledge their value as human beings
- Provide opportunities for them to give back
- Be informal when necessary
- Be innovative and creative
- Identify their gifts and needs
Perseverance through Re-Entry
Belonging is a positive word… it provides an opportunity for men and women to dream differently!
Re-Entry – We Are Community!
Meaning of the “Sankofa Seal”
The images in the seal consist of the Sankofa bird, a palm tree and a river. Sankofa is a mythical bird flying forward with its head turned backward. The egg in its mouth represents the returning citizen receipt of the wisdom from of the past and using it to move forward in the future. The palm tree symbolizes connection with the community. When the returning citizen is connected with cleansing running water or the community, the palms stretch out. When he moves away from the community, he fails.