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History: In 2014, the City of New Orleans convened a New Orleans Reentry Working Group comprised of formerly incarcerated people, service provider partners and advocates.  The Working Group was made up of cross sector representatives from stakeholders and various coalitions throughout the city.  The Working Group grew to include over 60 people representing 45 organizations throughout Orleans Parish, the region and the State.  The focus was on improving the outcomes of those with criminal histories and those returning from incarceration through collaboration, policy creation and advocacy.  With the changes in local, State and Federal governments, there was a need to solidify this union and lead it towards sustainability and stability.  With that in mind, the New Orleans Reentry Task Force was formed.


Mission Statement:

The New Orleans Reentry Task Force will build community capacity of reentry stakeholders around the use of best practices, evidence-based practices and decision making.

The Task Force will provide research, planning, training, service delivery coordination, oversight and guidance concerning grants to internal and external partners working in reentry in order to see a true reduction in recidivism and improved quality of life for justice involved individuals in Orleans Parish.

The Task Force will also inform and assist in the development of Justice Reinvestment policies and practices in Louisiana, with specific attention to New Orleans.



The Task Force is led by the Steering Team.  The Steering Team is made up of cross-sector stakeholders in reentry in Orleans Parish.


Steering Team Members

James Logan, Chair, Community Coordinator, Mayor’s Office, City of New Orleans

Dr. Raymond Delaney, Louisiana Coalition for Offender Resources

Thelma French, Total Community Action

Steven Lassalle, District Administrator, Orleans District Adult Probation and Parole

Dolfinette Martin, Voice of the Ex-Offender

Dr. Alexandra Priebe, Louisiana Public Health Institute

Dr. Kim Rugon, Goodwill Industries

Renard Thomas, Board Member, Reentry Alliance of Louisiana

Amanda Walker, Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Mark Walters, MICAH

Susan Lindsey, Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office

Adrienne Wheeler, Justice and Accountability Center


The Steering Team also serves as the Community Implementation Team for Orleans Parish under the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections’ Louisiana Prisoner Reentry Initiative (LA-PRI). 

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The Task Force also resides as a Subcommittee of the Sanford “Sandy” Krasnoff New Orleans Criminal Justice Council (Criminal Justice Council). Link -


The Task Force also contains Working Groups on the following issues.  The Working Groups are co-chaired by a member of the Steering Team and a member of the larger reentry community.

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The workgroups are as follows:

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