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07/18 - Preventing Suicide

How is Louisiana addressing its suicide problem?

The recent high-profile deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain have brought the issue of suicide into the national spotlight. In Louisiana, suicide is the eleventh-leading cause of death and third among its 15 to 34-year-old residents. Sixteen percent of Louisiana’s 677 suicides in 2016 were military veterans.

So, how is Louisiana addressing its suicide problem? What signs should friends and family members look for to prevent someone from taking their own life? And how will the state’s newly created Zero Suicide Initiative help individuals from going down that path? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Preventing Suicide” Wednesday, July 25 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, July 24.)

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Resource Links


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-275-TALK (8255) – Veterans press 1

Veteran Suicide Prevention Resources – Provided by Veterans Administration

La. Department of Health Suicide Prevention Services

Jacob Crouch Suicide Prevention Services – Serving Lafayette and surrounding area

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Louisiana Chapter

Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center – 225-924-3900

LSU Mitigation of Suicidal Behavior Lab – Conducts research to inform and create suicide prevention efforts

Louisiana suicide statistics – Compiled by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

CDC Suicide Fact Sheet

Training on responding – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
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     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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