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Panelist Bio


Elain Ellerbe
State Director, Right on Crime

Elain Ellerbe joined Right on Crime in September, 2016 as the State Director for Louisiana and as a Policy Analyst. Her expertise includes over thirty years of business and non-profit management, having co-founded with her family the non-profit, Refined By Fire Ministries. For the past 20 years, Elain has focused her work in the area of prison reentry programming. Elain’s expertise in reentry program development and implementation as well as providing programs that address the special issues facing families impacted by the criminal justice system have been recognized nationally and in Louisiana. In 2013, Elain was named to the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame, along with her husband Michael, posthumously, for their life long work in the area of reentry and was also selected as an Esprit de Femme Honoree by the LSU Women’s Center. In 2014 Elain was selected by the Louisiana Women’s Legislative Caucus as their Heroine of the Year, for her commitment to assist the incarcerated and their families.

Elain holds a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from Liberty University and is presently working on her Masters in Children and Family Advocacy / Public Policy. She is certified in a number of reentry evidence-based and cognitive behavioral therapy programs to include Nurturing Parenting, Inside/Out Dad, Bridges Out of Poverty, Victim Awareness and Moral Recognation Therapy.

Elain’s work presently with Right on Crime in Louisiana has been focused on monitoring the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force as the group works to identify the drivers to the prison population and provide recommendations for criminal justice reform legislation to be enacted during the 2017 Louisiana Legislature. Right on Crime also works on reform efforts to include Civil Asset Forfeiture, Mens Rea and Pre-Trial/Bail Bond issues.

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     02/18 - Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana

How widespread is the problem in our state? Take the survey!
Governor John Bel Edward’s deputy chief of staff, Johnny Anderson, resigned in November due to allegations of sexual harassment. A month earlier, celebrity chef John Besh stepped down from his restaurant management group after sexual harassment accusations. Charges of sexual misconduct in the workplace against celebrities and government officials made state and national headlines during the last several months of 2017.

How widespread is the problem in our state? Where is the distinction drawn between boorish acts and abusive behavior? Is every circumstance unique or should all offenders be dealt with in the same manner? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana” Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, February 27)

Panelists:
- Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell; Senate Select Committee on Women and Children
- Craig Broome; Louisiana Society of Human Resource
- Janice Lansing, Chairperson of Governor Edwards’ Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Policy Task Force
- Allison A. Jones; attorney; Downer, Jones & Wilhite in Shreveport

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and Southern University Vice President for External Affairs, Robyn Merrick, host the discussion.


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