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OPSO Officials To Host Corrections Secretary Leblanc On Tour Of Day Reporting Center

NEW ORLEANS - 09-26-2017

Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman and Compliance Director Gary Maynard will welcome Department of Public Safety and Corrections Secretary James M. Le Blanc on a tour at the New Orleans Day Reporting Center (DRC) on Friday, September 29.

Secretary LeBlanc is conducting a series of statewide visits of all four Louisiana Day Reporting Centers, to meet with judges and policymakers in support of the Louisiana Prisoner Reentry Initiative. The OPSO officials, Secretary Le Blanc and local stakeholders will tour the New Orleans DRC for an open house. The Sheriff's Office operates the DRC under contract from the Department of Corrections.

The New Orleans DRC provides community treatment and training for probationers and parolees released to community supervision. Sheriff Gusman has been a strong proponent of Day Reporting reentry services as a way to reduce costly recidivism by helping offenders better transition back into their communities.

"The New Orleans Day Reporting Center is making a substantial difference in the lives of parolees, providing them with an opportunity to change and to grow," said Sheriff Gusman. "The success of our clients is a reflection on our talented staff as well as the strong collaboration and support we receive from the Department of Public Safety and Corrections and our community stakeholders."

Secretary LeBlanc said, "Day reporting centers play an integral part in our criminal justice reform efforts. These centers are effective alternatives to revocation and incarceration, providing individualized case management, connecting parolees with the services they need, and thus helping lower recidivism, reducing incarceration costs, and making the public safer."

DRC participants receive the ongoing treatment needed to help break cycles of criminal behavior and connections to valuable resources. Group classes include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Employment readiness and career development
  • Community Connections, including links to community service providers
  • Adult Basic Education and HiSET prep resources and referrals
  • Life skills and parenting classes
  • Drug and alcohol prevention classes

The Sheriff's Office and the Department of Corrections have been partners on this program since 2009. GEO Reentry operates the state's three other day reporting centers in Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Covington.

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