About R.E.A.L.

Reentry Alliance for Louisiana is a NON-PROFIT 501(c) 3 organization

Mission

Reentry Alliance for Louisiana’s mission is to advocate, educate, and empower reentry stakeholders to enhance communities and the overall economy across Louisiana.

Vision

Reentry Alliance for Louisiana envisions a society where every community has the collaborative infrastructure to provide a seamless, sustainable, successful transition to community for all justice-involved people.

7 Core Values

Reentry Alliance for Louisiana believes that everyone deserves a second chance. Our (7) core values are to:

  • Acquire and disseminate accurate information
  • Maintain organizational integrity
  • Promote equality by treating everyone with dignity and respect
  • Advocate for criminal justice reform
  • Support stakeholder accountability
  • Commit to partnerships and collaboration
  • Observe and respect restorative justice approaches

History

For years, the state of Louisiana imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of its U.S. counterparts.  First among Americans means first in the world.

In November of 2014, the 1st Annual Reentry Alliance in Louisiana (REAL) HELP Conference was held in Baton Rouge.  This was the brain child of James Windom, Executive Director of the Capital Area Reentry Coalition (CAPARC), who felt the need for connecting with reentry organizations across the state to share ideas and provide a better response in service of those returning back to their communities after being incarcerated, “returning citizens” or “Formerly Incarcerated Individuals “ (FIP).  Mr. Windom pulled together a group of the coalition members to plan and host the 1st conference.  In 2010, David S. Cressy, J.D. wrote a document supporting the development of the Re-entry Advisory Council for the State of Louisiana, submitting it to the Department of Corrections.  He states “The job of the Louisiana Reentry Advisory Council is to work with DPS&C, the Sentencing Commission and the Legislature to develop innovative programs that will address the needs and assess the risks of all state inmates.”  These two men both felt the need to address the reentry challenges facing our state. 

 

Board Members

Sondra Redmon, Alexandria
President
Renard Thomas, New Orleans
Vice President
Candy Christophe, Alexandria
Secretary
James Windom, Baton Rouge
Treasurer
Verna Bradley-Jackson, Baton Rouge
Treasurer
Bishop L. Lawrence Brandon, Shreveport
Member
Johnny Carriere, Jr., Opelousas
Member
Kelly Garret, Lafayette
Member
Verna Bradley-Jackson, Baton Rouge
Member
Stephanie Rogers, Shreveport
Member
David Cressy, Hammond
Member
Renard Thomas, New Orleans
Member
Ann Zanders, Baton Rouge
Administrator, Conference Chairperson