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Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children
Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children
ICYMI: FFLIC has released a statement on OJJ's loss of control at Bridge City Center for Youth. Read it here: https://www.fflic.org/7765/ We are especially disappointed that conversations around this issue have centered on worsening the conditions for youth by placing them in higher security facilities instead of holding the system accountable or addressing the underlying causes. #NoMorePrisons
Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children
Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children
We are creating a world without youth prisons by believing it can be so, coming together, and healing. #NoMorePrisons
Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children
Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children
FFLIC offices will be closed today in observance of Juneteenth. If you need to contact us for an urgent matter, call us at (504) 708-8376.
Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children
Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children
On June 19, 1865, news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the residents of Texas two years after it was issued — freeing all remaining enslaved people in the state. In June 2021, the date was officially recognized as a U.S. federal holiday. Read about the history of #Juneteenth in our article: https://comca.st/3xqjmnK
Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children
Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children
In response to the news that 20 youth attempted to take over Bridge City youth prison, following another major incident earlier this week at Swanson Correctional Center, Gina Womack, the Executive Director of Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), issued a statement: “Despite recent escalations in incidents of escape, abuse, and violence within the facilities, the Governor and OJJ continue with their “business as usual” approach as children and staff stand in harm’s way–even as these failed facilities push youth past their breaking point to where they are desperately trying to take back control of their own health and safety. Yet, this incident is emblematic of the larger issues inherent in Louisiana’s youth prisons and in the youth justice system broadly.”

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ICYMI: FFLIC has released a statement on OJJ's loss of control at Bridge City Center for Youth. Read it here: https://t.co/d4XtORnKsU
FFLIC offices will be closed today in observance of Juneteenth. If you need to contact us for an urgent matter, call us at (504) 708-8376. https://t.co/2iwX7FQQi6 fflicla photo
Yet @LouisianaGov and OJJ continue with their “business as usual” approach as children and staff stand in harm’s way–even as these failed facilities push youth past their breaking point. https://t.co/1Jr4m8zNYl
We have to center these discussions in listening to the families and youth most impacted by youth incarceration and providing them with the services and supports they need. #Act1225 #carenotcages https://t.co/KP4uRe62aY
“We’re quick to build prisons, or look for ways to over police and incarcerate young people,” @ginabwomack said. “And there’s not enough funding that is put into more programs, and treatment, and counselors, and all of the things that are preventive.” 
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Today, FFLIC, along with @3Flights and @NoKidsInPrison, released a new report showing that unmet needs of youth and families lead to youth incarceration– an unsafe, costly, and ineffective system that traumatizes children. https://t.co/958cn3fLqa

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Stop the school to prison pipeline to help children stay in school and reduce the possibility of incarceration, and provide training to parents and schools on positive behavioral intervention supports.

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