Each year 15,000 individuals will be released from the Louisiana prison system and almost half will return within 5 years. Gregory Finney will not be part of that statistic thanks to ‘The First72+’ program.
Just over half of the African American male population in New Orleans is unemployed, partly because of former encounters with the criminal justice system that make it incredibly difficult to find work. In the city, there are a handful of organizations that work to help prisoners upon their release through forms of support like housing and job training. “Basically, everybody in my community is in prison,” says Dianne Jones, who heads one of the first re-entry programs to serve