Annual Louisiana Governor’s Conference on Juvenile Justice

First and foremost, thank you for attending the 39th Louisiana Governor’s Conference on Juvenile Justice. It was an honor to share the stage with such amazing individuals and to speak to each and every one of you. We have a lot of work to do and every bit of effort you have and will continue to put in is humbling and greatly appreciated.

I invite you to dig deeper into the issues I discussed during my keynote using the resources below. Each topic is outlined in greater detail with citations and enough information to further your knowledge on the subjects. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to reach out to us and we will be in touch as soon as possible. If you enjoyed the talk and believe in our cause, it would mean the world to us if you were able to make a donation. Every dollar goes to the development of our program and spreading awareness.

Best,
David Lee Windecher

David Lee Windescher

DAVID LEE WINDECHER

RED Founder David Lee Windecher is a trailblazing orator, author and lawyer in the growing movement to end mass incarceration and redress racial inequity in American Jurisprudence. In his autobiography, The AmerIcan Dream – HisStory In The Making, David shares the harsh realities of growing up as an impoverished immigrant on the streets of Miami-Dade County. He was arrested 13 times and spent over 7 months incarcerated as a juvenile. He dropped out of high school and joined a gang for protection. His street name was Red. David endured the brutal climate of the lawlessness on the streets, by both criminals and the police. Simultaneously, he dreamed of becoming a lawyer and fighting for those who don’t have the resources to pay for justice. Learn more about David here.

THE RED PROGRAM

RED creates a classroom atmosphere inside the courtroom and treats program participants as students rather than criminals. RED’s curriculum is structured to develop a student’s social, civic and financial literacy through task-oriented learning, engaging workshops, and interactive educational modules. Students are paired with appropriate mentors based on our individual-needs intake assessment. Mentors support students in their personal development and guide them in the completion of program requirements. Upon graduation, student’s records are expunged and they are referred to higher education institutions and/or employment opportunities. A summary of the RED Program Curriculum can be found here.

DAVID’S KEYNOTE TOPICS DEEP DIVE

Restorative JusticeOne of the biggest debates over criminal justice reform in the United States has been about the culture and goals of our prison system. The form something takes is, in many ways, shaped by its goal. Read more here.

School To Prison PipelineThe school to prison pipeline is threatening the fabric of our American society by placing an emphasis on juveniles entering into the criminal justice system for minor offenses. Read more here.

Educational Reform To Stop RecidivismThere’s an old saying that all of our problems come down to education. Ultimately, education is what frees us as people. From it, we learn that some foods are better to eat for our overall health than others. Read more here.

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