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Louisiana Pardons in a Nutshell
A pardon will not expunge your criminal records. Pardons do restore certain rights and benefits. In Louisiana, all first offenders are automatically pardoned. However, an “automatic pardon” does not restore all rights. A full Governor’s pardon (different from an automatic first offender pardon) may be required to make you eligible for some kinds of jobs and business permits (such as liquor and real estate licenses). An automatic pardon does not keep the government from using your conviction to increase the sentence for a later offense.
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Capital Area Reentry Coalition is a partnership of businesses, non profits, government and faith based organizations working together to increase the success rates of citizens transitioning from incarceration back into society and reduce offender recidivism.
Restoration of Civil Rights/Firearms Privileges in Louisiana
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Louisiana Believes: Charter School Performance Compact: Background Checks
Charter schools must comply with R.S. 17:15 “Criminal History Review” and R.S. 15:587.1 “The Louisiana Child Protection Act.” These statutes require school systems to request criminal history checks from the State Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information.
Voice of the Ex-Offendeer (VOTE.NOLA) is a grassroots, membership based organization founded and run by Formerly Incarcerated Persons in partnership with allies dedicated to ending disenfranchisement and discrimination.
Safe Streets/Strong Communities is a community-based organization that campaigns for a new criminal justice system in New Orleans, one that creates safe streets and strong communities for everyone, regardless of race or economic status.
Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) is a nonprofit law office that represents innocent prisoners serving life sentences in Louisiana and Mississippi, and assists them with their transition into the free world upon their release.
Resurrection After Exoneration promotes reform-minded leadership among those who have been imprisoned by assisting them during their transition process to ensure a successful reentry, and by empowering exonerees to confront and reform the system that victimized them.
Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children is a statewide membership-based organization that fights for a better life for all of Louisiana’s youth, especially those involved in or targeted by the juvenile justice system.
Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana has three key program objectives: to reduce the number of children in secure care and abolish unconstitutional conditions of confinement by improving or, when necessary, shutting down institutions that continue to inhumanely treat children; to expand evidence-based alternatives to incarceration and detention for youth; and to build the power of those most impacted by the juvenile justice system.
Youth Empowerment Project operates the Community Reintegration Program for juvenile offenders returning from detention facilities, and remains the only juvenile re-entry program in the New Orleans region.
Juvenile Regional Services provides high-quality, zealous, holistic, team-based legal representation to indigent youth in New Orleans and throughout the Louisiana juvenile justice system.
The mission of Women With A Vision is to improve the lives of marginalized women, their families, and communities by addressing the social conditions that hinder their health and well-being. We accomplish this through relentless advocacy, health education, supportive services, and community-based participatory research.
The Louisiana Justice Institute is a nonprofit, civil rights legal advocacy organization, devoted to fostering social justice campaigns across Louisiana for communities of color and for impoverished communities.
The Praxis Project is a national, nonprofit organization that builds partnerships with local groups to influence policymaking to address the underlying, systemic causes of community problems.
The Louis A. Martinet Legal Society was formed to combat the racial injustices and inequalities that existed in the 1950’s. It was during this tumultuous time that Jim Crow dominated every aspect of African-American life and African-American attorneys were barred from participating in the mainstream of the nation’s legal profession. They organized not only for professional support, but to focus their skills and training to combat Jim Crow not just in the streets, but in the courtrooms as well.
The mission of Silence is Violence is to call upon both citizens and public officials to achieve a safe New Orleans across all communities. It engages youth in positive expression and actions to counter the culture of violence. It demands respect for every life, and justice for every citizen in our city.
The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice is dedicated to organizing workers across race and industry to build the power and participation of workers and communities. They organize day laborers, guestworkers, and homeless residents to build movement for dignity and rights in the post-Katrina landscape.
The Metropolitan Crime Commission is a non-profit, citizen’s organization dedicated to exposing public corruption, improving the administration of justice, and reducing the incidence of crime in order to improve the quality of life for citizens in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge metropolitan areas and throughout Louisiana.