Representatives from the 19th JDC, District Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, Chamber of Commerce, Business & Industry and non-profits tour the educational facilities at Angola led by a Program Mentor.

Re-Entry Court Program

       The Re-Entry Program in Louisiana focuses on a seamless stream of services to offenders from the time of their entry to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola to their transition into post-incarceration society.  Re-Entry Court allows nonviolent “short-timer” offenders to serve their sentence under the guidance of offender mentors, many of whom will be at Angola until they die.  

       With a strong commitment from Warden Burl Cain, these “lifers” teach younger offenders life skills like anger management, parenting, and managing finances.  Theses life skills will supplement the educational component where offenders learn trades such as automotive and small engine repair, carpentry, welding, culinary arts, horticulture, drywall installation, generator and HVAC repair, commercial painting, masonry and plumbing.

Goal of the Program

       The goal of the Re-Entry Program is to reduce crime, combat recidivism and enhance public safety in Louisiana.

Background of the Program

       The program has been in existence since 2011 when Judge Arthur Hunter of the New Orleans Criminal District Court created its pilot version.  The 19th JDC Re-Entry Court was approved on June 18, 2014.     A Re-Entry Court is in two sections of  court in the New Orleans CDC, the 22nd JDC in St. Tammany Parish, the 15th JDC in Lafayette Parish and the 24th JDC in Jefferson Parish .

Eligibility Requirements and Follow-Up

       To participate, an offender must be sentenced to serve ten years or less, with a minimum of two years “in custody”.  Offenders must be referred by one of the criminal judges in the 19th JDC with the consent of the Assistant District Attorney, defense counsel, and the Re-Entry Judge. 

       Offenders must  agree to participate in the Offender Rehabilitation and Workforce Development Program.  Upon admission to prison, the Department of Corrections will administer a battery of assessments evaluating risk, level of education, prior vocational training, mental health and substance abuse history.   

       Once accepted, an offender must obtain a GED if he does not have a GED or a high school diploma.  He must satisfactorily complete the coursework for at least one of the offered areas of instruction. 

       After successful completion of the “in custody” program, the offender will be placed in an intensive “after care” program supervised by Judge Trudy M. White, with the support of the Division of Probation and Parole.  As part of the “after care” program, the Court will partner with numerous vendors who will provide jobs, housing, transportation and other support services tailored to the specific offender’s needs.