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Panelist Bio


Chris Meyer
New Schools for Baton Rouge

Chris Meyer is founder and CEO of New Schools for Baton Rouge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating new, excellent schools for every child in the Achievement Zone – an area of North Baton Rouge where more than 12,000 students currently attend a failing school. He most recently served as Deputy Superintendent of the Louisiana Recovery School District and prior to that, Special Advisor to the Louisiana education superintendent, Paul Pastorek, and Director of Policy for the Department of Education. Chris was a member of the 2008-2009 class of White House Fellows, where he served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates.

He found his passion for public service as an educator in New Orleans, where he taught high school social studies and coached basketball at John McDonogh High School. Following the flood of New Orleans in 2005, he led over 200 evacuee students to achieve significant academic gains in a neighboring rural parish. Beyond the classroom, Meyer has contributed to numerous public service and policy efforts, including in the White House, United States Congress, Office of the Mayor of New York City, and for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he was a Public Service Fellow and he is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Tulane University where he received his B.A. in Political Science and Political Economy.

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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