Derrick Perique left prison in 2013, and since his life has been a test of his strength and business acumen. He became an optician, but had to work hard to overcome the insecurities that led him to a life of crime. Now, with three kids to support, he finds solace in working three jobs — he runs his optical shop and mentors men through the First 72 Plus, a non-profit group in New Orleans, run by former inmates, that helps men move on from prison to a productive life on the out
The Second Line for Equal Justice returns!
New Orleans remains the incarceration capital of the world.
The Right to Counsel, a basic 6th amendment right, is still in jeopardy and mass incarceration and institutional discrimination plague our criminal justice system. It is time for true reform.
Join us to second line and rally for equal justice in New Orleans
and demand our local and state decisionmakers fully fund our public defenders and prioritize a fair and just c
Proud to see our Staff Attorney, Kelly Orians, quoted in the Advocate’s coverage of the full implementation of the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Reforms: "It's not an overwhelming number at all, it's an absolute necessity," Orians said. "We have to address mass incarceration." Read the full article HERE.