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Rising Foundations (2017)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-10-13

Duration: 00:07:02

Subjects: Nonprofit organizations | Ex-convicts | Criminals -- Rehabilitation | Drivers' licenses | Prisoner reentry


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Spires, Kelly Producer
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Perique, Derrick Interviewee
  • Scott, Terrell Interviewee
  • Orians, Kelly Interviewee


This segment from the October 13, 2017, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kelly Spires’ report on the work of Rising Foundations, a nonprofit organization in New Orleans that helps recently released prisoners transition back to life outside of prison. Her report touches on the difficulties experienced by ex-convicts in attaining a drivers’ license, their establishment of a communal loan program to help in the payment of unpaid parking tickets, and their small business incubator. Spires interviews: Derrick Perique, a program manager with Rising Foundations; Terrell Scott of Flight Night Window Tinting; and Kelly Orians, an attorney with Rising Foundations. This story is a part of the “Chasing the Dream” series. Host: Andre Moreau