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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."

Meet our partners that help support our mission.

Meet the people that help run and organize our program

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"Kelly E. Orians, codirectora de la organización The First 72+ en New Orleans explica por qué las primeras 72 horas son cruciales en la experiencia de reingreso a la sociedad. “En Louisiana, las personas salen de la cárcel con un cheque de 10 dólares, un boleto de autobús y la ropa que llevan puesta...

"The person who probably was selling weed didn't have a weed problem, they had a money problem." - Henry Byous, Black entrepreneur

In 2011, Henry Byous had just come home from the hospital with his girlfriend, who had given birth to their child, a bouncing baby boy. But their celebration of a new lif...

"The small business owner now works with the First 72+ program, helping other formerly incarcerated people like him start their own businesses as well as finding them transitional housing and mental health services in the first days of their release. The program’s small business incubator has had it...

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We Need Your Help!

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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