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How do we help people get out, and stay out?

The First 72+ was founded on one guiding principle – "us helping us."

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Meet the people that help run and organize our program

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What’s New at The First 72? updates!

We’re still here to help. There are so many things that we miss about getting to be together in-person in our office: our weekly Red Beans and Rice lunches, old friends stopping by to say hi and hang around for a while, welcoming clients into the office and commun...

"You Never Get Nothing Back They Take is a verité romp following Zelly and his lawyer Kelly as they attempt to retrieve Zelly's brand new iPhone from the New Orleans Police Department, whic had held it for four months.

Zelly’s phone was charging in a friend’s car when the friend was pulled over, his...

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We envision a world where prior incarceration is not a barrier to secure housing, employment, and community engagement & acceptance. Please consider donating to help us pursue this vision.

The First 72+ is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your generous donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

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