The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights (LCCR) is a nonprofit law center that promotes fairness, dignity, and opportunity for Louisiana’s most vulnerable children.
Transforming Juvenile Justice. Through policy advocacy, public education, and impact litigation, we are working towards a transformed juvenile justice system. We believe in a system that is safe, smart, cost-effective, and fair.
Defending Children. When children fall into the justice system, LCCR defends their rights and fight for their legal and life success. We provide holistic legal representation; leadership in juvenile defense reform; and training and practice resources for public defenders.
ExpertsLCCR’s expert staff is available to offer perspective and expertise on a variety of topics related to juvenile justice, youth development, criminal justice, and public defense.
- Data Dashboard: New Orleans' Juvenile Justice System
- Overview of Louisiana’s juvenile justice system
- Powerpoint: How a delinquency case works in New Orleans
- Glossary of commonly-used juvenile justice terms
Press Releases and Reports
- 11.01.2017 Press Release: Prosecutors Buck Supreme Court Mandate to Limit Life Without Parole Sentences for Children
- 06.14.16 Press Release: Raise the Age Louisiana Act Becomes Law
- 04.04.16 Press Release: Hundreds of Young People to Mass on Capitol Steps for First Annual Youth Justice Day
- 03.14.16 Press Release: Louisiana Youth Justice Coalition Announces 2016 Legislative Agenda
- 02.04.16 Press Release: Experts Find Juvenile Justice Reform Would Benefit Louisiana
- 01.25.16 Press Release: United States Supreme Court Says Louisiana Must Give Children Sentenced to Die in Prison a Chance at Release
- 01.06.16 Press Release: Poll: Most want state to include 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system
- 11.11.15 Press Release: Community Advocates Deliver Petition to City Council
- 10.20.15 Report: Keep Children Out of Orleans Parish Prison
LCCR in the News
- Associated Press - 06.08.2017 - House Backs Parole Eligibility to Teenage Lifers on 2nd Vote
- New Orleans Advocate - 06.03.2017 - A chance at parole for Louisiana lifers who have changed since their juvenile crimes
- Gambit - 05.08.2017 - Young lives behind bars: Louisiana considers abolishing life without parole for some juvenile offenders
- The Times-Picayune - 05.03.2017 - Louisiana should give juvenile lifers a chance to redeem themselves: Editorial
- Baton Rouge Advocate - 04.23.2017 - Despite Supreme Court rulings, parole opportunities for juveniles convicted of murder in Louisiana uncommon
- Monroe News Star - 06.12.2016 - Edwards signs Raise the Age, promises more justice reform
- WWNO - 05.25.2016 - What Does 'Adult' Mean In The Eyes Of The Law? In Louisiana, Many People Are Working To Change It
- Baton Rouge Advocate - 05.16.2016 - Our Views: Young offenders have better chance to straighten out when age raised to 18 for adult justice system
- New York Times - 05.13.2016 - States Move Toward Treating 17-Year-Old Offenders as Juveniles, Not Adults
- New Orleans Advocate - 05.10.2016 - Archbishop Gregory Aymond: Prosecuting 17 years old as adults 'a great injustice, and it has to stop'
- Associated Press - 05.07.2016 - At what age an adult? Many in Louisiana say 17 is too young
- Nola.com - 05.06.2016 - Raising the age for juveniles gives 17-year-old offenders another chance: Editorial
- Think Progress - 05.04.2016 - Louisiana May Stop Funneling Teenagers Into Adult Prisons
- The Times-Picayune - 04.12.2016 - Senate committee approves bill to raise age for prosecuting juveniles as adults
- Louisiana Weekly - 04.11.2016 - Coalition calls on legislature to raise age for adult prosecution
- WWNO - 04.08.2016 - New Orleans High Schoolers Head To Capitol For 'Raise The Age' Action
- WBRZ - 04.06.2016 - Teens speak about rallying for raising prosecution age in La.
- WWL TV - 04.06.2016 - Group wants 17-year-olds out of adult justice system in Louisiana
- WAFB - 04.06.2016 - Gov. Edwards, teens rally to include 17-year-olds in state juvenile justice system
- BR Proud - 04.06.2016 - Students fight for juvenile justice reform at the Capitol, "Raise the Age" rally
- Gambit - 04.06.2016 - Louisiana students rally in Baton Rouge for the "Raise the Age Louisiana Act"
- Baton Rouge Advocate - 04.06.2016 - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards supports raising the age for criminal prosecutions
- The Daily Advertiser - 04.06.2016 - Lafayette, NOLA students rally for bill that ends trying 17-year-olds as adults
- The Times-Picayune - 04.06.2016 - 'Raise the age' rally calls attention to criminal charges for 17-year-olds
- New Orleans Advocate - 04.03.2016 - New Orleans, Lafayette teenagers to lobby legislators about raising age for adulthood in criminal justice system
- The Lens - 04.01.2016 - Too young to take custody of his son, but old enough to be tried as an adult?
- Baton Rouge Advocate - 03.20.2016 - Guest column: Including 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system makes us safer
- Associated Press - 03.15.2016 - Louisiana Supreme Court chief airs indigent defense worries
- The Shreveport Time - 03.11.2016 - Raising the age is the right thing to do
- New Orleans CityBusiness - 03.10.2016 - Raise the age to boost the economy
- ThinkProgress - 03.09.2016 - Louisiana’s Budget Crisis Spells Doomsday For Justice In New Orleans
- The Baton Rouge Advocate - 02.14.2016 - Moving 17-year-olds to juvenile courts for most offenses would save Louisiana taxpayers millions, study expects
- The Times-Picayune - 02.03.2016 - A mistake at 17 shouldn't automatically send a kid to adult prison: Editorial
- The Baton Rouge Advocate - 01.25.16 - Juveniles convicted of murder as adults can get chance at parole, U.S. Supreme Court rules in Baton Rouge case
- The Shreveport Times - 01.12.16 - Proposed legislation aims to 'raise the age'
- The Baton Rouge Advocate - 01.04.16 - With new governor, a debate brews about the future of Louisiana’s juvenile justice system
- The Times-Picayune - 12.31.15 - Our juvenile justice system is broken: A letter to the editor
- The Alexandria Town Talk - 12.12.15 - State should raise age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18
- The Shreveport Times - 12.6.15 - Juvenile offenders prosecuted as adults more likely to re-offend
- The New Orleans Advocate - 11.11.15 - As officials squabble over building plans, some juveniles still being held at New Orleans' adult jail
- Fox 8 WVUE - 11.11.15 - Effort launched to stop housing young inmates at OPP
- The Lens - 11.11.15 - Mayor pledges $7 million to expand city’s juvenile-detention center by 2018
- The Times-Picayune - 11.11.15 - City Hall rally's point: No teens should be in New Orleans jail
- Equal Voices News - 11.3.15 - A Look at Life Inside Youth Jails
- The Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNC - 10.17.15 - Juvenile justice key part of sentencing reform efforts
Louisiana Center For Children’s Rights
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New Orleans, LA 70122