If you’ve been to the Capitol, you’ve probably been asked to put in a green or red card during a committee hearing. But what exactly are these cards and what do they actually mean?

It’s important to highlight that there are many factors that can sway a legislator or committee to vote a certain way on a bill. One of the most important is real life testimony; how that piece of legislature can affect a typical Louisiana citizen. Another way is to show your support or opposition by completing and turning in a House or Senate Witness Card. …

I write this today in celebration. This has been a long time coming. Finally that voice crying out in the wilderness got heard.

For those who don’t know the background of this historic case, let me fill you in. In 2015 civil rights lawyers in Louisiana filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of the more than 6,000 people imprisoned at Angola. Lewis v. Cain argued that patients at Angola had undergone inexcusable and abhorrent treatment, often resulting in continued suffering in place of treatment, refusing to test for ailments despite symptoms, being afflicted with preventable illnesses, over-medication, and untimely…

VOTE | Voice of the Experienced

Voice of the Experienced (VOTE) is a Louisiana based organization founded and run by formerly incarcerated people. We are committed to restoring rights.

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