Cammie Maturin

President & Co-FOUNDER

CAMMIE WAS Born and raised in New Iberia, LA.

Cammie graduated from New Iberia Senior High. After high school, Cammie continued her education at University of Southwestern Louisiana, which is now University of Louisiana Lafayette. Cammie earned a B.S. in General Studies and then completed the requirements for a teaching certificate. 

After graduation in December 2001 from UL Lafayette, Cammie went to work for the State of Louisiana. She worked with the Department of Public Safety and Corrections UNTIL 2006, WHEN SHE began her teaching career. She has been an Educator for 11 years. 

Cammie became involved in prison reform in 2009. She realized that the education of children of Louisiana are suffering because the budget for education is constantly being cut. She also has met many people who have made mistakes in life and they are not the same people that made that mistake 20 years ago. 

People change over time and if we don't change our laws, our future will continue to be dark and our children will continue to be unproductive or leave the state for education and jobs.

 

Paul barker

attorney on record

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Passionate about freeing the innocent and those deprived of a fair trial, Paul J. Barker is a dedicated and compassionate attorney who focuses his practice primarily on criminal appeals and post-conviction relief. He also practices some civil matters, including divorce and child custody, as well as succession and estate planning. 

Paul received his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana and went on to earn his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Southern University Law Center, where he was a member of the Student Bar Association Executive Board and Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity.  While in law school, Paul was a legal research and writing teaching assistant to Professor Gail Stephenson, a research assistant to Endowed Professor Michelle Ghetti and a recipient of the CALI award for earning the highest grade in his Toxic Torts course. Paul also worked as an extern for Justice John Weimer at the Louisiana Supreme Court and also served as an extern in the Criminal Division of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. 

Prior to opening his practice, Paul worked as a contract attorney for several notable firms in the Greater New Orleans area. He has handled dozens of criminal appeals and has successfully litigated complex post-conviction applications. Paul also served as law clerk to the Honorable Laurie A. White, presiding judge of Section A and current Chief Judge of the Orleans Criminal District Court. During his three-year clerkship with Judge White, Paul rewrote the Appellate Procedures for the Appellate Division of the Criminal District Court. Paul has also worked as a contract attorney with the Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana, which is a non-profit organization focused on expungement reform in Louisiana. In that role, Paul provided free legal representation to clients seeking an expungement of their records. 

Paul is admitted to practice in all Louisiana State Courts, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana and the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association and the Lafourche Parish Bar Association. 

Paul currently serves on the Executive Committee of the St. Thomas Moore Inn of Court. He volunteers at several charitable events and organizations. The Covenant House, a homeless shelter for teenagers, is one such organization where Paul attends field trips and inspires advocacy through his mentorship with their residents. Paul is also a member of the Mardi Gras Krewe of Thothe, and he is part of the Playnola recreational kickball league.  

A Bayou Boy by birth and in heart, Paul was raised in the small town of Lockport, Louisiana. He is very close to his family, as well as his godson, Graham, whom he cherishes more than anything.

 

Lillie r. Sutton

vice president & co-founder

MS. SUTTON Graduated from Howard High in Atlanta, GA.  SHE Attended DeKalb Community College in Atlanta.

SHE Worked and retired from General Motors after 35 years of service.

Ms. Sutton became actively involved in prison reform in 1991.  As a God fearing Christian, Ms. Sutton believes mercy and forgiveness should be extended to all God’s people, even those who are in prison.  Ms. Sutton acknowledges the pain and suffering of the countless victims of violent, senseless crimes, having been a victim herself.  However, Ms. Sutton strongly believes that there is no future without forgiveness, which she says is evidenced by the selfless sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. 

Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them.  Remember those who are suffering, as though you are suffering as they are--- Hebrews 13:3


 

 

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Amy H. Dozier

advocate

AMY WAS Born in Metairie, Louisiana and HAS BEEN A resident of St. Tammany Parish for the last 16 years. AMY Graduated from Grace King High school 1n 1986.  SHE Attended the Institute of Legal Studies in Metairie, Louisiana from 1987-1989 and obtained a paralegal degree.

AMY Began work as a legal assistant in 1987 at the Orleans PARISH District Attorney’s Office under the reign of District Attorney Harry Connick.  After receiving HER paralegal degree,  Amy has worked for various law firms on the South shore and North shore of Lake Pontchartrain.   She has worked in the fields of criminal defense, insurance defense, maritime, business, and family law.

Amy began her journey on penal reform in October of 2015 when she became aware that there were 36,377 inmates incarcerated in the State of Louisiana.   of that number, there are 4,870 inmates serving life, 2,166 of those who are first time offenders.  She firmly believes that having to serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole for a first time offender is cruel, inhumane, and unjust. This is simply illogical and unconstitutional.

A life sentence is far too harsh and offers no incentive to be or do better, yet many of these people have taken advantage of the opportunities afforded to them for educational, spiritual, and personal growth.  along the way, many have become mentors to the youth, ministers to the lost, and extraordinary men and women. Incarceration is supposed to serve as a mechanism for personal repentance and rehabilitation, not to warehouse citizens for making a poor choice in life.

 

               

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Debra Sheehan

Prison Reform Activist

Vice President Louisiana CURE

DEBRA HAS BEEN A Resident of Denham Springs LA since 1985

Debra graduated from Denham Springs High School in 1983. After high school, Debra began working for her family business as general manager from 1983 -2001. In 2002 she began her career with the United States Postal Service.

Debra's journey into prison reform began in 1990 when her husband became a victim of a violent crime. DEBRA BECAME A Widow at the age of 25 with 3 small children, she became involved with a victims group to help cope with  the tragedy. Being involved in this group showed her that there was no real reconciliation or forgiveness and she knew there had to be a better way. So in 1997 she became involved with Louisiana cure has been working tirelessly ever since to bring change to the problem of mass incarceration, reconciliation, victim awareness and forgiveness.

We as citizens of Louisiana need to understandthe old way of thinking; get tough on crime, 'lock them up and throw away the key" does not work. It never has...what our state needs is a total overhaul of the criminal justice policy.

Debra's goal and current projects include first offender parole and end mass incarceration in the great state of Louisiana.

 
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                   Carrie Jordan

advocate

CARRIE Lives in Brooklyn, New York, but is originally from Washington State.

Carrie graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle in 1999 and has been freelancing in creative fields such as photography, set design, web design, event planning and stage management for the last 17 years. Currently her time is mostly spent as a personal/shop assistant to a custom motorcycle builder and creating art of her own.

Her interest in prison reform in Louisiana came from visiting Angola for the rodeo in April of 2015. There she met several inmates, and spoke with them about their personal journeys through the system as it stands, and could not believe that men that were obviously rehabilitated were not allowed to rejoin society and have a chance to contribute. Finding out that someone that committed a crime as a teenager, and was sentenced to Life without Parole, was appalling. No one is the same person at 40 that they were as a teenager. If people are honest with themselves, and take a look at their own past, none of us are innocent. Prison is a place for redemption, not a place to to be locked away and forgotten.                                                                                                    

 
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Lance p. provost ii

advocate

Lance P. Provost II was born, raised and continues to reside in New Iberia, Louisiana.  Lance is a proud graduate of New Iberia Senior High school where he was an active member in several school organizations.  In 2009 – 2010, Lance served as the Chapter President of the Iberia Parish Best Buddies Program and also served as the 2011 Class Representative of the Student Government Organization during all 4 years of high school.  Lance was also an active member of the New Iberia Senior High Publications Committee where he served as the 2011 Senior Yearbook Editor.

After graduating high school, Lance began his career in Public Safety as a Communications Professional within a multi-jurisdictional communications center.  As a Communications Professional, Lance received, processed and dispatched emergency calls for service for both law enforcement and fire service entities.  Throughout his career Lance has served as a Communications Training Officer, Communications Director of Training, Assistant Communications Center Supervisor and also Deputy Sheriff assigned to a patrol division.  Lance is a proud cadet graduate of the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Basic Police Academy 40th Session where he obtained a Louisiana POST Certification.  Lance was also a recipient of the Top Academic Award for earning the highest grade point average throughout his entire academy class.

Lance became involved with the H.O.P.E. Foundation team after taking an interest into a legal case that was tried within the Louisiana Criminal Justice System and the severe issues and inconsistencies that surrounded it.  It was after this increased interest that Lance began to research the Louisiana Criminal Justice System and discovered there is not only an alarming number of people who are currently incarcerated but there is a significant number of people who have been and still are convicted of crimes that they did not commit.  Furthermore, Lance noticed that whether innocent or guilty, Louisiana has the most unforgiving sentencing practices in the United States.

As an advocate for those who have been wrongfully convicted, Lance maintains his faith in the Louisiana Criminal Justice System but believes that just like all great things; the system has its flaws.  Flaws that do not have to continue and can be fixed through public and personal education, keeping an open mind, holding people accountable and fighting for what is right.  “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

 
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Maria scott dunning

advocate

Maria was born in California and raised bi-coastally in both California and Florida.

Maria graduated from Homestead Senior High School and continued her education at Miami-Dade College in South Florida, general studies and marketing. 

After college she began her 16-year career as an O.E.M.  buyer (Overseas Electronic Manufacturing) and F.C.C. (Federal Communications Commission) compliance officer for Timco Engineering in Miami, Florida.

Maria was a volunteer for The Miss America Organization for 20 years and was The Executive Director of The Miss Homestead Scholarship Foundation and was an official Miss America Judge. 

Currently, she is an actor working in Atlanta, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina. She is also a licensed CNA, LPN and is a volunteer hospice sitting angel.

Maria became an advocate for prison reform when she watched “Serving Life” an Oprah Winfrey documentary about Hospice care and inmate hospice volunteers at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola in Louisiana.  For the past 6 years she has worked towards prison reform awareness and second chances.  Archaic laws plague the Louisiana judicial system making the state the Prison Capital of the world.  Maria speaks for inmates who do not have a voice that can be heard.

Face the giants in your life, slay them and move on. Do not be daunted by the mistakes and failures in your life. T.D. Jakes