Vera’s experts conduct research and analysis and develop policies and programs in a variety of criminal and social justice fields. Their varied knowledge, background, and experience enable Vera to address the full spectrum of national and local justice issues.
Luceia LeDoux is currently the senior vice president of grants at Baptist Community Ministries (BSM). Prior to joining the BCM staff in November 2001, she served as the assistant director of the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Social Work Office of Social Service Research and Development (OSSRD). OSSRD projects involve juvenile justice, corrections, addictions, mental health, and community partnerships; services include research, program evaluation and development, grant writing technical assistance, specialized training, and advocacy. During her tenure at OSSRD, Ms. LeDoux led development of the state's truancy prevention initiative aimed at identifying children displaying early patterns of school absence. The program now operates in 23 of the state's 64 parishes, and is still expanding. The project was recently identified for review as an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Promising Practice Program. Ms. LeDoux brought 20 years of experience in juvenile and criminal justice program planning and administration to her work at LSU. During this time, she coordinated victim/witness assistance, adult and juvenile diversion, and community-based correctional programs, including two federal model projects funded by the OJJDP and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
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