Louisiana Prisoner Reentry Initiative

When individuals return from prison, their likelihood of contributing positively to their community relies on their ability to secureLA-PRI meaningful employment, find a place to live, and have the education and resources necessary to advance in life – a task increasingly challenging in Louisiana.


state ranking for imprisonment rate


of individuals released from prison will return within one year


of formerly incarcerated individuals are still jobless up to a year after release

United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s Louisiana Prisoner Reentry Initiative (LA-PRI) aims to ensure that every individual released back into the community will have a chance of securing a job that pays a livable wage, staying out of prison, and living longer, healthier lives — and that translates into a safer, healthier, and more vibrant community for everyone. 

We’re on a mission to enhance public safety and reduce costs by implementing a seamless plan of services and supervision developed for each offender – delivered through state and local collaboration – from the time of their incarceration through their transition, reintegration, and aftercare in the community.

Three-Phase Approach

The successful execution of the LA-PRI model involves three phases through the life of a prisoner’s sentence:

LA-PRI Continuum of Care


In Southeast Louisiana, United Way’s LA-PRI operates as the regional Reentry program in Jefferson Parish in conjunction with local officials. 



of LA-PRI participants in Jefferson Parish did not recidivate in year one


of LA-PRI participants in Jefferson Parish secured permanent employment


of legal cases of been resolved for LA-PRI participants in Jefferson Parish

To learn more about LA-PRI, contact

Click here for more information about the statewide LA-PRI Framework.

Jefferson Parish Council

Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections

Catholic Charities of Archdiocese of New Orleans

Louisiana Public Health Institute

Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

Jefferson Parish Steering Committee

Stephanie Mills

Kristen Becnel 

Justin Brown 

Mary Ambrose

Keenan Dufauchard

Joe Dier

Jon Reeves

Ronnie Slone 

Kewana Ceasor 

Twanda Lewis