Re-entry Mediation Institute of Louisiana

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The Re-Entry Mediation Institute of Louisiana seeks to improve a person’s transition home from incarceration and reduce recidivism rates with the sustainable support of positive relationships with loved ones and through self-determination. Mediation is a short-term intervention with long-term impact on mental health that rebuilds relationships between incarcerated people and their loved ones. It taps into the resources indigenous to the community, strengthens these connections, and allows for collaborative transition planning so people feel heard and understood and come up with their own solutions around reentry.

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Sr. Alison McCrary, Jack Ward, Julie Griff, Ian Honore'

Sr. Alison McCrary, Jack Ward, Julie Griff, Ian Honore'

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Sister Alison McCrary is a Catholic nun, a social justice attorney, a criminal justice reform strategist, community mediator, and a spiritual advisor on Louisiana’s death row. She most recently served as the Statewide Director of Operations for the Unanimous Jury Coalition working to abolish a 138-year-old Jim Crow law in Louisiana allowing a sentence of life imprisonment without a unanimous jury. She formerly served as the Executive Director of the National Police Accountability Project, President of the Louisiana Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and founding Director of the Community-Police Mediation at the New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor. As a 2010 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship in New Orleans, she challenged and changed policing practices and policies to transform relationships between police officers and the bearers of New Orleans’ indigenous cultural traditions. She works on issues related to criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, international human rights, cultural preservation, voting rights, disaster recovery, and provides support to various social justice movements and organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. Prior to law school, she worked at the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana providing litigation support on death penalty cases and at the United Nations monitoring the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions relating to women, peace, and security.

Jack Ward is a native New Orleanian who manages a landscaping business and works full time at The Ubuntu Village mentoring young people. He is an active member of Voice of the Experienced. He served time for more than three decades at correctional facilities across Louisiana since he was twelve years old. He served as inmate counsel in the law library at Angola State Penitentiary and returned home in 2012. Louis serves as the Vice President for the Re-Entry Mediation Institute of Louisiana.

Julie Griff has served as the Director of the New Orleans Community-Police Mediation Program (CPMP), a program of the Office of the Independent Police Monitor since October 2017. She first began working with the CPMP in 2014, first as a volunteer and then as a mediator and as a contractor assisting with program operations. The program provides opportunities for community members and police officers to have facilitated face-to-face dialogues to be heard, build understanding, and resolve conflict they’ve had in their interactions with each other. In addition to her mediation work, Jules is a facilitator and trainer of Restorative Approaches and has worked with the Center for Restorative Approaches, providing conflict resolution in New Orleans schools and working to intervene in the school-to-prison pipeline. Previously, Jules’ work has encompassed issues regarding public health, human rights, and community education. She worked for four years for Breakthrough, a human rights organization that uses art and media to raise awareness on women’s rights, HIV/AIDS, immigrant rights, and racial justice in the US and India. She served as Program Director for the HeartRescue Project in Philadelphia and has worked on issues of food security and senior health at the The Elderly Project and Santropol Roulant in Montreal. She is a co-founder of the MoBo Bicycle Co-op, a community bicycle education project in Cincinnati. Jules received a BA in history and humanistic studies from McGill University in Montreal. Jules serves a Board Member and Treasurer for the Re-Entry Mediation Institute of Louisiana.

Ian Honore’ is a Baton Rouge native and graduated with his B.A. in Business management and M.B.A from the University of Phoenix, Baton Rouge Campus. He began his leadership career as Student Government President at the University of Phoenix. As president, Ian engaged his fellow students in the political process through streamlining the organization’s operations and bylaws, increasing student participation and utilization of campus resources, and encouraging his fellow constituents to develop a love for lifelong learning. Ian is currently one of Brown and Root’s up and coming “blue collar” leaders working as a supervisor of the TSE Unit. The effects of poverty, poor educational systems, and societal challenges are evident in the diverse workforce that Ian manages on a daily basis. Ian has a passion for mentorship and teaching others through real life experiences. He applies his skills and abilities to guide his co-workers in making good choices and taking active roles in the decision-making processes that affect their families and communities. During his years of incarceration, Ian worked as a reentry clerk among other jobs. Ian serves as a Director on the board for the ReEntry Mediation Institute of Louisiana.


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