Louisiana: The State We’re In – Rising Foundations

In this segment, Louisiana Public Broadcasting looks into the systemic issue of mounting traffic fines for jailed individuals. In Louisiana, when someone is arrested, their traffic tickets are not put on hold – meaning hundreds of dollars can accumulate in fines and late fees when the individual has no means or methods for addressing their traffic ticket.

In New Orleans, one non-profit is working to put an end to this impossible situation. Kelly Orians and Derrick Perique, director and program coordinator of Rising Foundations, seek to offer incarcerated people loans so they can pay off their debt in a realistic time frame and avoid additional, aggregated fines.