Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is hosting parole hearings on campus Nov. 16 as part of a real-world ready educational opportunity for students.
The hearings will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the third-floor Student Union Ballroom and continue throughout the afternoon.
Retired Judge James E. Kuhn, of the First Circuit Court of Appeals, a 1968 Southeastern graduate from Ponchatoula who also brought appellate court hearings to campus, has played a major role in making the hearings possible.
Southeastern has been working with the Pardon and Parole Board and law enforcement officials to coordinate the event. Students, faculty, staff and the community at large are invited to drop in throughout the day as part of a live audience.
“Southeastern is delighted to host the Parole Board hearings on campus,” said Karen Fontenot, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. “The opportunity to attend these hearings provides our students with a great learning experience and is an excellent real-world ready opportunity.”
The offenders will be video-streamed during the hearings and not actually present. The hearings could include emotional testimony and may contain disturbing content, according to a news release.
Law enforcement will be stationed at the entrance to let attendees in and out between each parole hearing case. Attendees are permitted to bring keys, paper and pens to the hearings. No book bags, purses or cellphones will be allowed. Audience members must remain quiet throughout the proceedings.
For more information, call the office of Pardons and Parole at (225) 342-5424 or (225) 342-9191.