Operation Restoration and Human Impact Partners releasing report on “Primary Caretakers” bill

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Operation Restoration and Human Impact Partners are releasing a report this morning on the public health benefits of alternative sentencing.

On Tuesday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m. in the Louisiana State Capitol Rotunda, these two organizations will hold a press conference about their report, “Keeping Kids and Parents Together: A Healthier Approach to Sentencing in Louisiana.”

The collaborative  report was made to assess the equity and health impacts of House Bill 264, also known as the “Primary Caretakers” bill.

According to Syrita Steib-Martin of Operation Restoration, the report will present “research that community-based sentencing creates a supportive environment where parents can heal and be held accountable for the consequences of their conviction while staying with their kids.”

Steib-Martin said in a press release that one in 12 children in Louisiana have had an parent who spent time in jail. 

These individuals are scheduled to attend the event: 

  • Representative Patricia Smith, Louisiana House of Representatives
  • Syrita Steib-Martin, Operation Restoration 
  • Annie Freitas, Operation Restoration
  • Kim Gilhuly, Human Impact Partners
  • Judge Arthur Hunter, Orleans Criminal District Court Section K 
  • Dominque Jones, daughter of incarcerated father and organizer
  • Dolfinette Martin, Lead Organizer Voice of the Experienced
  • Fox Rich, Formerly incarcerated mother and organizer

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