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05-07-17 7:30 am Community Matters

May 7, 2017|

WWL’s Monica Pierre discusses various community projects and services that benefit the infrastructure of Greater New Orleans.

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Good Sunday welcome to show that he's so much for joining us hey I'm your host Monica pier. Coming up it's an exciting time we think it's in the and history we were a little prison reform in Louisiana. Luck in reality millions of customers around the nation every year it's really really meant for him. What did you increase your chances of being reunited with you look. We talking this time about. Am an old justice reform and we're joined by mr. Flozell Daniels the CEO and president. A foundation for Louisiana. Bozell thank you for being with that Good Morning America thinks enemy there's been so much dialogue over the years about prison reform especially in Louisiana. An overview of where we go on right now. You know it's it's an exciting time we think it's a moment in history first you have the incredible reforms that are being pushed here in the city of New Orleans. We've produce the goods local GO rate historically over the last six or seven years. And you see that when this will be a reformed. C reform happening at the jail you see other kinds of things happening. And now we have and with the leadership of governor John Della woods. Are promoted by a resolution set forth by representative Walt was. That has recommended. A suite of bills that are now being set forth in the legislature. That gives us the state a historic opportunity. To repair the harm that the criminal justice system is done families. To create a situation where communities can be made more safe. And that gives us a chance to save money. Hundreds of millions of dollars Monica in ways that we can reinvest and families and communities again to make us safer. To make families strong growth to make communities more closer. And a return on our investment as tax and actual return and your investment and it's an excellent point you make. One of the things we tell people as we have spent billions of dollars on things that don't war. And we wouldn't have allowed that in any other arena housing. Economic development. You would be calling it corruption. You would be saying I'm a tax Payer. You're spending hundreds of millions and billions of dollars on things and actually don't work. How would we do that and so this is our chance that's a really face up to the fact that we've been doing that bond we have a real opportunity to do it. Talk about an overview of some of these there's another several of them but in a nutshell the average person listening are someone who's experienced the criminal justice system. The latest today what was some of the old but both changes look like. Well this some critical things one that can be found that was the majority of people coming back into prison. Recidivism as a college. Well folks who having a probation and parole technical violations often. Not able to pay their fees that are able to get the job because of having been imprisoned. Are having on their economic challenges may be committing low level Clarence. I think having to do with violence. It's so there cycling in and out so UC's sound. I legislation changes that are gonna promote. Investments in probation parole. Making sure that that system has the resources to help people really be successful. Connecting them with the parents of services that they need. You also going to see I'm aware of legislative change if we're successful. Looking at non violent offenders and making sure. That when that sending people the president who we don't need to sent to prison that we have rehab being the so call habitual offender. Law that many district attorney's abuse part of what we're trying to do is tell truths about what's been happening without being disrespectful to our partners and friends. And so we've been working with prosecutors in DA's the truth is there and in some ways are struggling. To look at the change they still believe that you know status quo and what we've been doing this working. Even though Monica we spent ten months looking at evidence. That tells us it's not working. Have to keep communities safe seat and she bills a do or don't work on work on those issues you gonna see legislation and people accident any. Martini that I am really allows us to look at another critical issue and that is the sentences. Of people who should be eligible for parole. I'm this is not a freeing anyone at the drop of the Daryn this is actually just making sure that we are following. The the lead of states like Texas states like Florida states like Georgia states like Mississippi and Alabama. None of them a soft on crime with a doing now is being Smart on our South Carolina. They've done justice reinvestment we you're seeing double digit dips in crime. And in their cost they're able to reinvest. And help families in communities be safer and that's what we wanna be able to. We're talking about criminal justice reform our guest is fulfilled Daniels. CEO and president a foundation for Louisiana. A lot of talk about the recent rally your hat but how does the foundation for Louisiana. This particular our organization come to big. Some really lucky and I get to run an organization. That really stands at the intersection. A civic leadership public policy. Community development finance and so we were founded as the Louisiana disaster recovery foundation. And what we learned over that time mannequin as we helped communities and communities helped us. I'm helped them. In rebuilding housing in small businesses and stoking the local economies and really are investing in people's ability to participate democracy. Planning and things of that nature. What we learned is our best opportunity is to do a couple of things one is to invest in leadership. In a way that identifies the best opportunity. Of people their families and their communities to be economically strong. To be able to participate in democracy. And and be able to influence public policy so that we can have that scale change. The other thing that we learned. That would deeply committed to. From an equity and inclusion perspective. Is making sure that all Louisiana and have a chance to remove barriers. That are keeping them from living a high quality of life in achieving the American dream. It won't surprise you that because Louisiana's most incarcerated state in this union. In the most across route place in the world per capita. Our prison system in the criminal justice system at large. Is keeping tens of thousands. Of really high quality individuals. I'm having access to the opportunity to get jobs to get housing to get education. I'm and we are really around incentivized. To be apartment so I get the opportunity. Because the organization supports me to serve in the civic capacities. And we get to make small grants and partnership opportunities. With mission critical nonprofits and organizations. That removing that that mission home. Well there you talked about incarceration rate not only in this country but around the world give us an example of what that looked like. Well you know it's had its niche thing I think we are thirteen times higher than China. Five times higher than Iran are far higher than anywhere else in the US and its only tell people that. We've got legislators say to us the session didn't know as much as we've been talking about China we talk about Russia we talk about these places legal you know. Those people that we don't we play over there we don't live that way a civilized and this is what we do wrong and we've gotten ourselves into attract Monica. And it's an enormous financial system. This is an uncomfortable thing that people don't like to talk right. But that thousands of jobs attached to the system state line it's a people really do him feel like whoa if you change something may be. That would destabilize. My job. You know my wife's job you know we've gotten into this thing what which they do with this legislation in these reform packages. Is say it's time for us to on line and this trouble that we've gotten ourselves into and we can reinvest those resources and create jobs in other ways that actually helped Louisiana fans. Imagine that recently there was a rally in both about the rally what was the response to what happens after that O'Malley was amazing have been door policy who worked more than twenty years. There more than 500 people who came from across the state New Iberia Shreveport and mode Baton Rouge. Lake Charles New Orleans you name it and all of them I'm feeding the kind of profile. This amazing collection. This partnership. Of cross sector folks who have been working on this they were. Are people of faith. The or business people. And grassroots activists and advocates. You people who themselves had been in prison now who have had family members in prison they were college students who start. A bus full of Dillard University students there is great to see them students from LSU and other places. And they were all there to see really something really powerful and that is this is our time. One of the speakers on who spoke after me I said if you referenced this biblical notion and be their referee. Rank in the doesn't matter whether your personal faith and that. He really spoke to this idea. That like the leaders who came before us whether it's a civil rights movement. Women suffered sharp. You need greet changes. In America that have created opportunity for people this is our chance. Be not afraid we have the data in the evidence to prove. With the right happens. We have mission critical leaders who are showing that from places we've never seen before. We have certainly seen members of the black caucus and other more progressive members. Who we have conservative business people. With the right on crime folks making major investments in being really sincere. As it comes to the table to talk about what these reforms look like we have members of faith community. Black why Monica young old upstate and downstate. Saying this is that time and O'Malley was really. Exemplified. The spirit of really moving this legislation and in this historic moment for. It was similar to a kick off rally that the capital absolutely so any other plans so and the need to be monitoring the bills that will be making their way to the legislative process you've got to believe in what we're asking our friends near and far. But to do particularly with folks who've had experiences are level we have thinking. About what they think this reform can look like to improve their communities. It's to reach out to legislators. In their homes places to support this legislation. Really ask them to support the justice reinvestment package. It all goes together it is meant as you say it's not only save money. We start doing things that harm families and communities it will allow us to invest that money into things that will make communities safer. Reduce recidivism. Reduce our prison population. And allow us to be small. Unarmed car. And would also impact and learn the future employment opportunity to people who go through the criminal justice that's. Oh absolutely one of the things that we are excited about. Is this legislation and are all about reps in the world. Into proven strategies some of that will be 4 I am 21 century information control efforts and really make sure people have support systems. Some of that medical support partnerships. With the workforce commission with health and hospitals. With the department of families and in children Swedish make sure people have as many supports is necessary. That's what matters. We learned from the pew research and who's been staffing the saffron helping this people who. An and quite frankly keeping us how about partisan sort of positions to make sure we was staying focused on on the data. At the most critical time is that first 72 hours when people get released if they can get the supports it they have somewhere to go that safe. They have family systems and nonprofit networks and other places that are gonna help them. The sort of re into society that's our best opportunity we hope to make sure that those resources are reinvested in those. I'm proven proven strategies. To make sure we can get that time. Talking about criminal justice reform our guest is Flozell Daniels the CEO and president of foundation for Louisiana. Final thoughts what she did both listening today other than contacting their lawmakers and but we should we be doing out in the average. The average person should be asking itself a critical question in this is something that we have been thinking about deeply. Four years Monica since I'm 46. As a second remember we've been saying. Crime is a problem right and we should be tough foreign car. In it has been the mantra that has been with folks who say it repeatedly so much so that we believe it. Even though we now know it's not true. And so what people should be asking their local legislators. The district attorney's. The police chiefs Hernandez's. Why can't we change. If what we're doing. Hasn't worked. It's created the highest level of incarceration. And was too worried about crime. Maybe we should do something different we can look at the strategies employed that's South Carolina and Texas and Alabama and other places. How do we found create the kind of investments to make our communities safer. And allow us to be more humane and fear in decent. Louisiana people of good people. There's no reason why we should be incarcerated to agree terms higher than people in the states would no different what could people. In the system should treat them like this people in for people that are dangerous we have provisions for none of this legislation is going to abandon our ability to deal with Harlan. Offenders it just creates space for us to a decimal and nowhere to go at you for being with us today thanks for him. Many of us who love love love match. That he would do everything within our power to make sure that they are safe and will health care for. But there's some things that we should always keep in mind for the welfare we're joined now by teapot saying these communications director with the Louisiana SP CAA. The Epoch thanks for being with us. Things for having me I'm glad to be here. We'll grade this so much going on especially the Louisiana SPC a visual with have great tips on how. We can be better caretakers of a vial animals so let's talk about. What we should do a keep in mind if something for bad happens in no way we lose our pact. You know what's really interesting is New Orleans is the type the cities that we live in especially in the greater loans region where it's usually warm year round all the time. So people to going to be Al with their pats a lot more often but especially now it's possible season and there's so much as scenes you pats won't be outside with their owners to easily take imam or. Also. Pets Tenet does get now you know people come out on the yard mark there mine would be some things that fans they get out. Also. If you don't have your dog fixed and isn't he and dot and your dogs now and third they're gonna spell either Tutsis after its opponents and get out round or this coming year than any other time of the year and in reality millions of pets that missing around the nation every year and it's really really traumatic for pet owners. Because it's impossible sometimes to find your pat someone else might buy your pal on the road and think that's cute I wanted to it's time now. And that everywhere and can lost and found signs every single place in the neighborhood. So the best hands to be reunited with the Los this to get the microchip. Backers shipping is so important. And the thing is it's not a big traumatic surgical procedure it's a chip that's implanted. In your dog's skin and it simple it's quick and it's easy. And at the Louisiana SP CA it's only fifteen dollars. Which is really affordable and cheaper than if you win two regular events office. And what's interesting about a microchip that's not a GPS are tracking device that selling the Kellogg on the computer and track of your dog is that. But would it allows you to do is if someone funds are packed in the ticket to a different animal shelter. They can scanned the dog and then see your contact info on the chip so that the best tool to be reunited with her dog. You're today we've returned about 230 animals to their owners. That's a lot of animals in in our region that we've been owner reuniting. And we have a few tips that will help you. Reunite with their pad he definitely wanna file a loss report with the Louisiana SP CA and Orleans pairs. We are the jurisdiction overseas lost him down returning animals to their owners a you do wanna bring a photo ID. And Louisiana's TC will hold strays for about three days usually we have to. Have a holding period reassess the dog and we do everything we can to find their owner. But what you can do is well you know definitely look around your neighborhood post pat fires and pat and those effective. Posting the flyers get they've they've they really can be because especially when you walk your dog in your neighborhood and you see the same type of people I've read you know you recognize or only numbered on the street they recognized her dog. And a lot of times dog as. Might not go too far off a lesser picked up by some where you know they have a strong sense as well making pickups familiar sense that area. So definitely wanna poster on your neighborhood next door is a website a lot of people uses while. So you'd be pretty active on their lives food and water outside your home per share and one other interesting fact. And I don't know how true this says that a lot of people swear by it is if your cat does this thing if you put their litter box outside they could smell their letter up to a mile away. Very interesting though both that have been reunited. That there is because they had the chance. It's hard to reunite Filipino have any of the type yeah. Location most of is because they have their chip we've recently I had one case were Wilmington on average it but it's it's this year and someone found the dog we brought it to us. She needed check in with us and luckily we have underdog vote sometimes. It doesn't always go like that but if it shipped to them and guarantee you can at least prove that that dark moments you. Well that's one area about kits and sees them because again as you mentioned we joined by the boxing needs a communications director of the Louisiana SP CA. Because of whether it's mom and so much as so many months of the year which that we know about kitten season. Jack kid in season is huge around a timer heat year usually in the spring and summer when it's warmer out a lot of community cats. Will read. We lovers seasons here you know we have fall winter or summer spring McCain season is definitely a huge line. It's so definitely have dramatic spike in U purring kitten is they flood local shelters and rescue groups around this time a year. And during key kid he sees a need for Foster homes is really crucial. There's only so much that an animal shelter can be so we relying on the goodness of people in the community that are willing to kittens and and help nurture them and feed them and raise them until the could be out on their own be adopted we have dozens of kittens and Foster care right now. And the members gonna continue to grow as the months grow warmer especially coming into the summer. A lot of the times of me have so many kittens you know we can take care we do you put them in classrooms. And we actually have a special group of sponsors are known as the kitten crude. Like all the Mardi Gras crews out there. And they usually consists of two to five kittens between the ages of 15 weeks of their attack are on this are taking care about it. And we encourage anyone that wants to participate in our kittens sponsored program to give us a call or visit our web Spain would definitely love to work with you but if he can. Participate BD one a hope and some sort of way there's some ways the could definitely be huge benefit to us. If you wanna provide high quality hand and can and trying food and that really helps us out a lot as well. Cal letter goes along way everyone knows fifty kittens are utilized that asks small litter boxes would be very helpful. Heating pads because he knows the small animals that definitely mean the body heat he would thrive and survive. Kitten formula is huge because death of his kitten formula. And then any sort of small classical wired carriers that we can houses that. Can play there but talk about the act trap neuter return. I'm from from that you have vessel hit a huge cat overpopulation. Issue in our communities so with TNR stands as far as trapping overturn. So what we do is we use main scraps. We set traps out in in neighborhoods where there is a huge cat overpopulation issue we put food in there cats well and terror at the travel closed. And then we will pick it up or ask you to come and Tropicana off at that the wheezing and asked BCA. And so will we will these commuter or speed they cat will give a vaccinations. Will give it in your tip which is the universal symbol that the cat's been neutered or spade. And then mobile do visible over turn the channel to its original location. Where they can live out with their colony. And over in the course of years and decades the population. Stays the same goes down. So it's one of the best resource is its one of the best ways. To control over population in the community so we encourage people to do their own trapping. And we can assist you in bring in and then we actually have some grand some place right now where it won't cost you anything and I'll cover the cost. Oh great great great and this solace so much going on we're joined by. SP CA have been talking about what to do. If for some reason you lose your head that says at face. Also the teacher go about kitten season and Mother's Day is just around the corner and you're really looking at no fleas market. All Mother's Day sale. Yes so what's really cool a lot of people don't know this is that we onus or call no fleas market on magazine it's often magazine Napoleon 422 game magazine street. And it's a store where you can find great fashion finds for men women kids we have home goods we have issues we have accessories. We have books we have games we have anything that you would want to get clear that this special. Dog or cat author of your life is that you know even pat bombs with a book to celebrate Mother's Day. A Mother's Day is going to be may fourteenth so during Mother's Day weekend at thirteen in the fourth and on this month. We're offering five dollars off your purchase. An honor of that special mom in your line and you know five dollars goes a long way and what's really cool about the purchases at no please market. Is every single item as tact and it tells you which rescue group and this rate in Orleans region. That the sale of that item is gonna benefit and a lot of items as well home. May benefit our veterinary services at the Louisiana SP CA so anything new guy. It'll be great gift for the person you that can also go along way to help the shelter animals that need. To make sure that they're healthy. And this is a little different because sometimes during the holiday seasons you went over as BCA and other animal and you concern and organizations. Say you know the key is really can't handle it but you know moms and that's a different story unity they really can loan. Love the little animals. Is he responsible the. Yeah definitely fresher and what's really cool but no fleas that is how we offer a 50% off everything T senior citizens every Tuesday. And if your military member you get 15% off daily. So just again it's 4228. Magazines read write off Napoleon. Great fine and there's usually though is a cutie or enough told dog hanging out there to make you combine. Absolutely if you really didn't go to the main location gets PC game you can just check out their hotels and motels and. They have a great time moment at the building. Yes so if you're a cat person this is exactly that thing for you it's like comic con that cap and cons of every game. Everything cap related. So that third annual New Orleans cap are in film festival it's scheduled for a Saturday may twentieth and it's going to be going on from 10 AM to 4 PM. And Delgado city park at the civil rights that are so that's going to be 615 city park having in building eleventh. So like I said earlier the goal of turning this event is a huge kept con type of event. And the funds that are going to be raised will go to art for cats say with the goal of securing feline diseases. At SP CA. There's going to be at optimal cats that are going to be available and like we said earlier it's kittens season we have dozens and dozens of cats looking for the forever homes. Final thoughts about at Louisiana SP CA what's going on this this spring season. You know we have so what's going on all the time and what's really cool is. We always tried CU. Keep things fun and my in relevant and find good homes for the animals that we serve. We've taken 43000. Animals a year whether it's adopting them out or putting them on transport and find them good homes. Recently with the tornado in New Orleans east. So many people lost everything and they don't know what to do with their pets that we took their pets and in fed them and house them and take care of them. Until they can be reunited back with their families some of the stray animals we've found in the devastation of the tornado would be. Turkey and that one of them we had to amputate their way in. You know it was that it was sliced open so we did everything we had to take care of this dog and you know foundered at home. So no matter what happens were always there for the people in the community and their pads. Hats or huge part of our lives and New Orleans tends to be one of the most pet friendly. Cities that you come event. There were doing everything we can to enrich the lives of people and the animals and our community. And were always looking for volunteers were always looking for donations. Anything that can help us serve these wonderful animals that. Commence or lives and we have so many animals like command and ages Bonn and kept hope. Follow along with them at such an emotional time. Who is you want the best outcome for these animals. And a lot of times some that you a little bit more love and a little bit more encouragement. We'll just take them out of their hands and all let them sit with us at her desk in the hold them and love up on the and then just let him know that someone cares about that and it's amazing that's the how much they come alive and how much they start to show their character especially after some of them have been through. Some of the worst unimaginable things they could. Or animal through. Absolutely and geniuses may think you will start the Atlantic hurricane season so. Reminder to make you have your your plans together and include the your pets as. Well he does so one of the biggest things with Katrina as there was no plan in place to evacuate people with their pencils since then. There has been a lot that's been learned the city's better equipped to help people actually with their pads. We lead the the stronghold in that as well. And down so definitely we encourage people to start getting their path emergency. Hurricane preparedness kit ready. You know you wanna make sure you have enough food and water stored up for them he wanna make sure you have some sort of a cattle and create to be able to carry them in as allow. You wanna make sure the biggest thing we talked about earlier you wanna make sure that your pet is lakers' head. You know it's again not that I'm meteorologists refer cast their but it's been unreasonably. Warm. And you can only imagine how much warmer the water in the Atlantic MP. And we haven't had hurricanes installing eleven months though the episode you just need to be prepared as you don't know what this season is gonna apply. Absolutely so the web site again. So will our website is LA dash SPC game and tell org that Louisiana SP CA and if you ever have any questions he can caller main line at 368519. Month. That's 504368519. Epoch thank you for being with I think you breath in me always. That is our show for today thank you so much for joining us until next time I enjoyed this Sunday and the rest of your week.