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October 2, 2020

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 community on their first day home from prison. It’s been 6 months since our offic...

July 22, 2020

"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 car searched and a small amount of marijuana found – enough to warrant a mi...

July 5, 2020

Advocates and organizations around the country have long been dedicated to supporting formerly incarcerated people while the state refuses to; the pandemic has only stymied their efforts further. “Before the shutdowns, we were making headway in streamlining the process to get people driver’s licenses, which they need,” said Kelly Orians, co-director of New Orleans-based no...

June 2, 2020

Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. (Michael Isaac Stein/The Lens)

"Kelly Orians, co-director of the First 72+, a re-entry program in New Orleans that provides resources to the formerly incarcerated, said that both her personal and professional experiences have led her to believe that a solution to the problem of domestic violence is not going to be found in the crimina...

June 1, 2020

Dear Friends,

For too long, our televisions and our newspapers have been filled with images and accounts of a country in deep, deep pain. But this pain is not new, it is not fresh, it is a pain, a frustration, a heartache, a rage that so many in our country live with, every day. Some of the earliest lessons bestowed by Black mothers upon their children are lessons about how...

May 29, 2020

First 72+ friends and family, 

The day after COVID-19 forced us to close our office we got a call from a very friendly and curious reporter at The New Yorker. For the next two months Ms. Sarah Stillman kept up with us and community organizations like ours all across the country, capturing the reality of life on the ground for currently and formerly incarcerated people, and...

 "Across the country, in states such as California, New Jersey, Louisiana, Illinois, and Oregon, people coming home from prison during the coronavirus crisis are running into this seemingly simple but overwhelming dilemma: How do you get an official ID when almost every licensing office is closed? And without an ID, how do you do anything? Many said they are left in limbo,...

May 1, 2020

What’s New at The First 72? In some ways everything has changed, some things are completely the same.

Although our physical office closed on March 17, we are as motivated as we have ever been to support our clients and community in all of the ways that we possibly can. You can find more details about how to access our services on our website

We are still here to help! Sinc...

Organizations that provide walk-in services are also getting creative. A New Orleans nonprofit called The First 72+ has offices and transitional housing across the street from the Orleans Parish Prison, so people could walk straight from the prison to meet a counselor, set up a doctor’s appointment or apply for benefits. Now, instead of providing in-person assistance, they...

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