David Gabriel, Facilitating Family Visits to Prison
Living in New Orleans, David Gabriel became aware of huge disparities of race and class. Visiting the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, David saw that most of the incarcerated men who he met were the the result of profound social injustice. Most were convicted of non-violent crimes, often committed in an effort to provide for their families.
Recognizing that the separation of a father from his family due to incarceration was a self-perpetuating problem that impacts the children and their future as much as it impacts the father, David is creating a program that facilitates more frequent visits between inmates and their families.
Working with local community organizers, clergies, and nonprofit organizations, he is creating a cooperative network of families and volunteers who will be able to assist in transportation and help to defer the costs associated with a visit to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
The funds from The Pollination Project will be used to help build programmatic support and infrastructure.