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Panelist Bio


Henry R. “Richey” Jackson
Director of the Bossier/Webster Parish Truancy Center

Henry R. “Richey” Jackson is the Director of Truancy with the 26th Judicial District Court in Bossier City.

In 2000, Richey was instrumental in establishing the Bossier/Webster Parish Truancy Center and has served as the director from its inception. In 2007, the International Association for Truancy & Dropout Prevention recognized the Center with its Outstanding Program of the Year award for its efforts to address truancy as well as the school dropout problem.

A native of Bossier City and graduate of Northwestern State University, Richey taught and coached at Bossier High School for thirty-three years. During this time he was heavily involved with the football team; directed the weight-lifting activities at the Downtown YMCA for ten (10) years; and was the Director of Bossier Parish Community College's Fitness Center for six (6) years.

Richey is an active member of his community; he is a parishioner of Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in south Bossier City where he serves as a Lector.

Richey is married to Teri Smith Jackson; they have four children & seven grandchildren.

Current Topic


     10/18 - Louisiana Veterans Back Home

What are the programs and initiatives helping our veterans successfully transition to civilian life?
Since 2001, 2.6 million service men and women have been deployed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-six percent of Louisiana’s veterans fought in these conflicts. The needs for these veterans are plentiful including securing employment and housing, and dealing with the mental rigors of transitioning from military back to civilian life.

Louisiana Public Square explores the unique programs and initiatives that are helping our state’s younger veterans successfully overcome these challenges on “Louisiana Veterans Back Home” Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Thursday, October 18.)

Veterans Coming Home is a collaborative, multi-platform public media project between Wisconsin Public Television and Kindling Group in partnership with local stations and other national organizations. Veterans Coming Home is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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