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Louisiana

Youth are Humans Too!

10/30/2022

Youth are Humans Too!

I am inspired to continue to use my voice to help improve the child welfare system for youths and young adults, writes Antonica Frazier.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards

8/30/2022

Lawsuit Pauses Transfer of Louisiana Youth to the Notorious Angola Adult Prison

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to temporarily move incarcerated youth from juvenile detention facilities to a state prison for adults. Photo via Edwards’ website.
Young people and juvenile justice advocates rallied in front of state offices in Louisiana’s capital city today, protesting plans to transfer detained youth to the notorious Angola state prison for adults.

Extra, Extra! Here’s a Seat, but with Exceptions

4/21/2022

Extra, Extra! Here’s a Seat, but with Exceptions

Even when former foster youth meet all the requirements for rewarding opportunities, glass ceilings and exceptions are still in place, says Youth Voice writer Aliyah Zeien.

Improving Mental Health Services From Within the Foster Care System

3/23/2022

Improving Low-Quality Mental Health Services From Within the Foster Care System

Many former foster youth avoid mental health services because of the low-quality care they received, writes Aliyah Zeien.

Vaccination Rates in Louisiana’s Crowded Juvenile Lockups Concern Advocates

8/23/2021

Vaccination Rates in Louisiana’s Crowded Juvenile Lockups Concern Advocates

With just 1 in 4 of Louisiana’s incarcerated youth fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, children’s advocates say the state should do more to protect them, as the more transmissible delta variant spreads.

Louisiana fails to ban corporal punishment in schools

5/15/2021

Louisiana Tries — and Fails — to Ban Corporal Punishment in Schools

The latest effort to ban spanking and other forms of corporal punishment in Louisiana public schools once more failed to get enough votes to pass. The state House voted 48-49 last week, five short of the number required to pass the bill, which was authored by Republican Rep.

    4/1/2020

    Calls to Release Youth from Lockups Due to Virus Threat Grow Nationwide

    With most free residents across the United States keeping at least six feet apart, feverishly washing their hands and avoiding any social groups, 43,000 young people in juvenile lockups and prisons are living in coronavirus petri dishes that have become “brewing reservoirs” of infection, according to inmates and juvenile justice experts.

    12/5/2019

    Finally, a Judge Who Owns the Decision to Remove Kids

    Last week, the Washington Post profiled the remarkable work of Judge Ernestine Gray to essentially eliminate New Orleans’ foster care system. Between 2011 and 2017, the number of kids in foster care in New Orleans fell by 89 percent.

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    Louisiana fails to ban corporal punishment in schools

    6/13/2019

    Louisiana Ties New Extended Care Program to Evidence-Based Service for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

    In 2018, Louisiana was among the handful of states with no offer of foster care support beyond age 18 for youth who became adults in the system. Since then, the state has moved quickly through incremental steps toward extended foster care, and is now poised to begin a robust expansion to age 21 that will tie older youth to specially-trained case managers stationed around the state.