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Panelist Bio

John G. Daniel
Boys Hope Girls Hope

John G. Daniel is the Executive Director of Boys Hope Girls Hope, Baton Rouge. He is also the President and Founder of Unity Day Youth and Family Zone, John G. Daniel Productions and the Daniel Karate Group. He is a 7th Degree Black Belt and serves as the Karate Commissioner for the Louisiana Governor’s Games.

John’s former career includes service as the: Director of Economic Development, PECO Energy Company; Vice President, Father Flanagan’s Boys Town National Operations; and CEO & Deputy Executive Director, Louisiana Spirit Hurricane Recovery.

Mr. Daniel’s strengths lie in his ability to articulate relevant messages that engage people in collaborative efforts. He has the ability to bring out the best of human hopes and aspirations in those from diverse cultures and agencies.

Indeed, Mr. Daniel is the producer of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana landmark event, "Opening a Black History Time Capsule", with Tony Brown, who was the producer and host of the the Emmy Award winning PBS television series, “Tony Brown’s Journal”.

Mr. Daniel’s additional notable community service achievements include being:

• “Champion for Children”, Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana’s highest award.

• “Outstanding Community Partner”, East Baton Rouge Parish School Board and Volunteers in Public Schools.

• Chair, Community and Family Committee, House Bill 876, the Louisiana Council on the Social Status of Black Boys and Men.

• The Baton Rouge MLK Leadership "Mentorship Award"

• Chief spokesperson and national workshop leader on crime prevention at the United States Congressional Conference on “The State of African American Males”.

• Co-founder and Co-Chair, Arnold Schwarzenegger Inner-City Games, Philadelphia

• Winner of the Edison Electric Institute Marketing and Sales Award for sale of the first urban commercial geothermal application at the home of the original “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand”, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

John holds a double Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, Government and Psychology, 1979. Indeed, in 2009, the Cornell University Class of 1979 Alumni Association named Mr. Daniel, a “Distinguished Classmate”. Mr. Daniel is married to Nita Dupas Daniel and they have seven children and two grand children

Current Topic

     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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