No More Deaths in LMDC

Between Nov 29th and Jan 1st four people died while in the custody of Louisville Metro Department of Corrections. On Sunday, January 9th, LMDC announced a fifth death but has not yet named the person. Five deaths in Louisville Metro Department of Corrections cannot be excused or overlooked. Take action now and contact Matthew Golden,Continue reading “No More Deaths in LMDC”

Ten Reasons Why Phone Calls From Jail Should Be Free

1. Recognizing and honoring our collective humanity is the right thing to do. 2. Maintaining family connections supports health and wellbeing for both children and their incarcerated loved ones. 3. Strong family connections support successful re-entry when loved ones return home. 4. Staying connected with loved ones reduces children’s stress levels. 5.  It is aContinue reading “Ten Reasons Why Phone Calls From Jail Should Be Free”

Humanity, Transparency, and Accountability

Demanding action from Louisville Metro Department of Corrections On October 5th, LFJA Board members, Special Project art activity leaders and community advocates wrote a letter to the Director and Assistant Director of Louisville Metro Department of Corrections (LMDC). With video visiting suspended since March 13th and no consistent public information concerning COVID-19 cases inside theContinue reading “Humanity, Transparency, and Accountability”

LFJA Stories: Layfierre Mitchell, Photographer

He didn’t really have a childhood. When he was a young boy, Layfierre remembers his Dad being around some. He popped in and out of his life for a while. His father had multiple run-ins with the law and was in and out of the justice system. Layfierre hardly ever saw him. At one pointContinue reading “LFJA Stories: Layfierre Mitchell, Photographer”

Artmaking for Family Justice: A New Resource

By Judi Jennings, Special Project Director The Special Project Team is happy to provide this FREE resource for strengthening protective factors and resilience for children and youth with incarcerated loved ones! The artmaking leaders use these 12 activities, along with Sesame Street resources, every week in the Vistors Lobby of the Louisville Metro Jail, soContinue reading “Artmaking for Family Justice: A New Resource”

How Having an Incarcerated Parent Harms Children’s Health and What You Can Do About It

Kentucky has the second highest rate (15%) in the nation of children who have had an incarcerated parent. This rate is nearly double the national rate of 8%. Having an incarcerated parent is an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), a form of trauma. This trauma can lead to toxic stress, which can harm health. For example,Continue reading “How Having an Incarcerated Parent Harms Children’s Health and What You Can Do About It”

Doing Family Justice in Louisville, KY

By Judi Jennings, Director of The Special Project Louisville Family Justice Advocates is a “new” coalition, yet it is more than two years in the making. And 10 years before that, The Special Project, a lead partner in the coalition, originated weekly artmaking sessions with families in the Visitors Lobby of the Metro Louisville JailContinue reading “Doing Family Justice in Louisville, KY”

What is Family Justice? Why Advocate?

Nikkia’s story Nikkia’s father was in and out of jail and prison from the time she was a baby. Yet she definitely had a relationship with him. She still recalls how her mother read letters to her from her Dad when she was growing up. Growing up—and even now in her 20s—Nikkia feels like sheContinue reading “What is Family Justice? Why Advocate?”

LFJA Action Meeting March 12th 5:30 – 7:00

LFJA opens its 2019 year of action at The First Unitarian Church, corner of Third and York Streets, on Tuesday, March 12th at 5:30. Healthy snacks will be provided. All individuals and organizations are welcome to join us in working for equitable policies and fairer practices for families with incarcerated loved ones in Jefferson County.Continue reading “LFJA Action Meeting March 12th 5:30 – 7:00”