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How Do We End the Cycle of Trauma? Loyola Law School Tackles Tough Questions about Mass Incarceration and Impacts to Children and Family

Loyola press release - October 17, 2017

La. Gov. John Bel Edwards will serve as keynote speaker at Friday’s symposium

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards will serve as keynote speaker on Friday at a symposium to be hosted by the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and the Loyola Law Review. The law school, together with Loyola Law Review, presents a daylong event titled “Children of Incarcerated Parents: Ending the Cycle of Trauma.”

Edwards will address the Justice Reinvestment Act signed into law this past legislative session, aimed at reducing our prison populations.

Other speakers at the daylong symposium, including Representative Walt Leger, Speaker Pro Tempore, of the House of Representatives, will address topics including mass incarceration and the impact on the family; the mental health implications of parental incarceration for children; and efforts to end the cycle of trauma.

“I am honored to have Gov. Edwards address our students, faculty, and guests on the important work of safely lowering our incarceration rate and reinvesting the savings into programs that heal families and build communities,” said Madeleine M. Landrieu, dean and Judge Adrian G. Duplantier Professor of Law at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

The event, designed to explore the impacts of mass incarceration and the impact on the family, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 308 in the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, located at 526 Pine St., at the corner of Pine Street and St. Charles Avenue. The governor will be introduced by Dean Landrieu and will speak from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Other speakers at the symposium include:

· leading investigative reporters from the Times-Picayune and NOLA.com Rich Webster and Jonathan Bullington

· a formerly incarcerated individual and his mother

· Fox Rich, author of The One that Got Away

· La. State Rep. Walt J. Leger III (D-Dist. 91)

· Dr. Anna Smyke, associate professor of clinical psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Tulane School of Medicine

· Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law M. Isabel Medina

· Sarah Schirmer, criminal justice policy advisor for the City of New Orleans and the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Coordination

· Mary Henderson-Uloho, owner of SisterHearts, Inc.

· John Allen, member of Advisory Board, New York Center for Children

· Monica Stevens, assistant professor of child psychiatry at Tulane School of Medicine and member of the leadership team of New Orleans Therapeutic Day Program