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"The purpose of the program is to provide formerly incarcerated persons with an opportunity to build a trust account with society by performing civic justice projects in the community," said Whalen Gibbs, assistant secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections and chairman of the New Orleans Civic Justice Task Force.
"They could be serving food at a local homeless shelter or diner or meals to the shut-ins, as well as gutting and rebuilding homes for the handicapped and elderly. "A crucial part of the program is also to get them linked to services in the community that are often obstacles to re-entry, such as housing, transportation and reuniting with family. It's just basically building that system of support that is often not there when they return to the community." Participants receive free health care benefits and a $11,667 living stipend during the program as well as a $4,750 education stipend upon completion of the program, Gibbs said.
Mr. Whalen Gibbs, Former Assistant Secretary of Department of Corrections, Lafayette
OurGuest Speaker, was Mr. Whalen Gibbs, Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.
Mr. Gibbs provides programmatic oversight of adult correctional institutions and primary administrative responsibility for the Office of Offender ReEntry. Click here for a scan of the brochure Mr. Gibbs provided on current Louisiana Department of Corrections reentry programs. Mr. Whalen Gibbs Mr. Gibbs' presentation on mass incarceration included encouraging news of the successes of the Louisiana DOC re-entry programs. An average of 17,000 inmates are released each year. Educating inmates vocationally before they re-enter society is a key element, but he said that many arrive in prison with no moral compass -- and without that they will not improve. He spoke of mentor programs where Lifers are taking short-term inmates and helping them to turn their lives around. It gives hope and encouragement to the Lifers to know that they can make a difference for someone else, even though it is too late for them to have a life outside of prison walls. However, Mr. Gibbs also told of one particular Lifer, who had such an extraordinary record in prison with mentoring and educational accomplishments, that Governor Jindal eventually granted him a pardon. He is now a productive member of society.
Whalen Gibbs, Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Corrections, said that the 24-hour inspirational programming available through TBN Second Chance "has provided an avenue of hope for offenders who have not been involved in faith-based programs."
Whalen H. Gibbs, Jr.Mr. Gibbs is the Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections and has served in that position since 2004.In this capacity, Mr. Gibbs provides programmatic oversight of adult correctional institutions and primary administrative responsibility for the Office of Offender Reentry, which guides implementation of the Department's Reentry Initiative.Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary, Mr. Gibbs served in several positions with the Louisiana Division of Probation and Parole including Probation and Parole Deputy Director, Program Manager, and District Supervisor.He has worked in the corrections field for 27 years and has managed programs involving work release, electronic monitoring, sex offender registration and notifications.Mr. Gibbs graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice.He resides in Lafayette, Louisiana with his wife and children.
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