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Andrew Hundley

Andrew Hundley

Louisiana Parole Project, Inc.

Andrew Hundley carries many titles: non-profit organization leader, coalition member, mentor, advocate, college student. But it was not very long ago he also carried the label of being a “juvenile lifer”. This is an informal designation given to the 300 men and women in the Louisiana Department of Corrections who were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for crimes they committed when they were children. Like thousands of individuals across the country who were given this sentence, Louisiana’s “juvenile lifers” gained hope after the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Miller vs. Alabama that states like Louisiana could no longer condemn juveniles to mandatory life without parole sentences.

In June 2016, Andrew was the first of Louisiana’s juvenile lifers to be paroled in accordance with the Miller decision. Louisiana’s parole committee recognized that Andrew was not the same 15-year old that went to prison in 1997. While incarcerated, Andrew not only completed numerous rehabilitative programs and college courses, but also served as a peer facilitator for anger management and pre-release classes. Andrew served as president of the Kisatchie Jaycees, which were recognized as the top institutional U.S. Junior Chamber club during his term. Andrew joined Toastmasters International in 2003 and obtained valuable leadership experience since then having served as a club president, area and division governor, and district secretary. Andrew was the only prisoner to have ever been named a District Toastmaster of the Year and Division Governor of the Year. He also received the Distinguished Toastmaster designation, the highest individual achievement any Toastmaster member can attain.

In August 2016, just a couple of months after his release, Andrew co-founded Louisiana Parole Project, Inc. and serves as the nonprofit’s executive director. He enrolled in college months after his release and is on track to graduate from LSU after the Spring 2019 semester. Andrew served as a club officer for Downtown Toastmasters club and speaks regularly to local youth groups.