Stories of Transformation

Re-Entry Court staff closely monitor the progress of re-entry participants at Louisiana State Penitentiary and Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women.  Monitoring consists of on-site visits and video conferencing.  Following are accounts of positive transformation experiences observed by re-entry staff; testimonials from re-entry participants as well as observations from defense counsel with clients enrolled in the 19th JDC Re-Entry Court Program.


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07-07-2016 | Re-Entrant EJ
At the time of his initial arrest, offender was 18 years old.  He was a high school graduate.  At the time of commission of his last offense in 2013 he had completed junior level courses in college and had been gainfully employed in the industrial plant industry. As evidenced by his on-going criminal acts, Judge White determined that the offender had not embraced the numerous opportunities he was given for rehabilitation and to change his life for the better.

06-30-2016 | Perseverance Through Incarceration
On May 18, 2016, thirteen women graduated with their Bachelor’s of Arts in Christian Ministry with a minor in Women’s Ministry at Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women.  The women received their degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in the Leavell College in which LCIW serves as the satellite campus.