February 6, 2020

"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. Para cobrar ese cheque, necesitan una tarjeta de identificación estatal q...

February 6, 2020

"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 life would soon be cut short.

“I brought him home from the hospital,” Byous tel...

January 21, 2020

"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 its hands in the launch or scale-up of 22 small businesses. According to Firs...

January 17, 2020

A criminal record clean slate is expensive in Louisiana, but a new lawsuit aims to change that.

"The suit, filed in December by the advocacy groups The First 72+ and Equal Justice Under Law on behalf of three Louisiana residents, argues that these fees should be waived for people who qualify for expungements but can’t afford to pay for them. Expungements are generally avail...

November 14, 2019

 "The J.M. Kaplan Fund announced today the results of its nationwide search to identify ten exceptionally catalytic social and environmental change initiatives, issued a report on innovation trends based on the ideas submitted from all 50 states, and invited philanthropic leaders into its trove of proposals. "These ten J.M.K. Innovation Prize winners are incredible standou...

September 21, 2019

It’s Monday morning in the Municipal and Traffic Court of New Orleans — misdemeanor rush hour in a city that traffics more heavily than most in public drunkenness and disturbing the peace.

Fifty-two arrestees, outfitted in orange and maroon jumpsuits, await their first appearance before a judge. Most are black. All require a public defender. And more than half of them are h...

Jailed people are pictured at the Orleans Justice Center jail on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

Clerical errors are a common cause of “ghost warrants,” which can send someone to jail for an outdated or defunct warrant that still appears on the person’s record, according to The Marshall Project and Guardian.

The partnering outl...

Last month, Causey Davis found himself in handcuffs in the back of a New Orleans police cruiser, bewildered. Held there for over an hour, he was finally informed that an inaccurate arrest warrant—which court records show was dismissed 25 years ago—had somehow appeared under his name in the cops’ computer system. (Photo by William Widmer for The Marshall Project)

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Daniel Tapia said he just stared when he got news Tuesday (April 16) that one of his clients was shot dead outside his Algiers apartment.

In Tapia’s line of work, coordinating a prison re-entry program in New Orleans, he’s encountered clients who have shown red flags. Jamonta Johnson wasn’t one of them. NOPD spokesman Aaron Looney said there’s no new information to rel...

With Mardi Gras behind us, the season for Lenten fish fries is here. Besides the usual church and community events, a weekly fry at Mid-City’s The First 72+ (2917 Perdido St.) offers diners something different.

On Friday, which is International Women’s Day, the nonprofit will donate $1 of every plate sold to Operation Restoration, an organization that supports currentl...

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