This Grassroots Organization is Using Data to Help Incarcerated Children

Louisiana is home to a membership-based grassroots organization that is fighting for juvenile justice reform, and now using data to do so.

Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) is celebrating 15 years of working towards improving the system that puts children at risk of prison time.

FFLIC has begun working on a “People’s Data Campaign,” to be able to get a more accurate account of how the lack of proper implementation affects our youth, family and communities. The organization will be conducting surveys throughout Louisiana communities that will then be shared with state legislators. 

This Saturday, September 17, FFLIC is hosting their 15th anniversary gala featuring Keynote speaker Donald Cravins, Sr., the former Mayor of Opelousas, Louisiana and Louisiana State Senator. Honorary Awards will also be presented to Flozell Daniels and The Marguerite Casey Foundation.   

“We are extremely proud of our achievements over the last fifteen years,” said Gina B. Womack, co-founder and executive director of FFLIC. “Our members and communities have lobbied for juvenile justice reform, marched for the rights of our young people, and have curbed the school-to-prison pipeline.”