Symposium overview

2021 Reentry Symposium April 20th
8:15 am to 4:00 pm

Reentry Symposium: Focused on educating the next generation of reentry leaders and advocates and exalting those currently involved!

April is National Second Chance Month 

Celebrate with Re-Entry Alliance for Louisiana

April 20th 8:15 am to 4:00 pm
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Symposium rate is $25 for attendees and $10 for students.

We are inviting the next generation to hear about re-entry from the veterans working in the field.

 The time is right for new leadership and advocates to emerge!

Opening Plenary

Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J. Author Dead Man Walking


"The death penalty is one of the great moral issues facing our country, yet most people rarely think about it and very few of us take the time to delve deeply enough into this issue to be able to make an informed decision about it." A Roman Catholic sister, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph based in New Orleans, author and international speaker on criminal justice issues Sister Helen Prejean is known around the world for her tireless work against the death penalty.

Author Dead Man Walking

Opening Plenary

Barbara Major
The People's Institute
 Race as a factor in incarceration


Barbara Major, former director of the St. Thomas health clinic and an international trainer for The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond based at the national office in New Orleans. Ms. Major is a veteran community organizer and was the lead plaintiff in Major v. Treen, the successful voting rights lawsuit that created Louisiana’s second congressional district. Recognized for her training throughout the United States on "Undoing Racism ® Community Organizing Workshop". PISAB – The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond

The People's Institute

Guest presenters include

Justice Accountability Center (JAC)
Legal Barriers to Reentry: State of the Law & Opportunities for Reform
Root causes of Louisiana’s Over-incarceration problem,
recent reforms and ongoing initiatives

Voices of the Experienced (VOTE)
How to become an effective advocate for reentry causes

Reentry Organizations as Service Providers: A Panel
Total Community Action – New Orleans – Thelma French – Pres.- CEO
(Wrap Around Services)
One Touch Ministry – Baton Rouge – Verna Bradley Jackson – Exec. Dir.
( Housing specialist serving the southern region of the United States)
Christian Outreach – Baton Rouge – Brian Sleeth – Exec. Dir.
(Employment Training and Placement)

Reentry Organizations as Reentry Advocates: A Panel
Clean Slate Community Coalition – Sherrie Thomas – JAC
Director of Outreach & Engagement
Court Watch – NOLA
Darrin Browder, Chapter Development Specialist

Formerly Incarcerated Men: A Panel on Barriers to Successful Reintegration
Renard Thomas, Board member for VOTE and REAL, New Orleans
Sammie Crawford – Board Member REAL, Owner
Terrence Winn – Priorities Intentions Practical Exchanges (PIPE) – Exec. Dir.

Federal System and Reentry: Maneuvering Barriers
Saad Soliman, FIP and Piece to Peace – Founder and Exec. Dir.