Voice of the Experienced

Mobilizing directly impacted leaders to transform Louisiana's criminal justice system

Grantee Cohort Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020

Location Louisiana

Headquartered in New Orleans, VOTE mobilizes directly impacted leaders to transform the criminal justice system throughout Louisiana. 

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Voice of the Experienced (VOTE) is advocating to safely release people from jail and prison in Louisiana. Also, VOTE focuses on ending discriminatory policies preventing people from accessing housing and quality medical care once released. Its Art for Justice grant will support these moves to eliminate predatory phone rates in facilities and engage people paid low-incomes and those impacted by the criminal justice system in Louisiana’s democracy.

With its previous Art for Justice grant, VOTE strengthened Louisiana’s democracy by implementing its historic 2018 ballot win, which restored voting rights to people on probation, by registering roughly 30,000 eligible people. It shared voting rights information with over 100,000 directly impacted people ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Under its Art for Justice Activating Art and Advocacy grant, VOTE partnered with grantee partner Liza Jessie Peterson to bring her critically acclaimed one-woman show “The Peculiar Patriot” to Angola Prison.