Mission Statement

The Literacy Clinic supports literacy education for adults who are involved in the criminal justice system and families with children enrolled in resource-challenged public schools. The ultimate goal of The Literacy Clinic is to strengthen communities through prevention-by-way-of-intervention transformative criminal justice, juvenile justice, and K12 education.


With funding from The Murphy Institute Seed Funding Grant Program, The Literacy Clinic launched on August 25, 2021. Subsequently, the Louisiana State Legislature allocated $75000 to the 40th Judicial District Court, St. John the Baptist Parish, through the Louisiana Supreme Court, for The Literacy Clinic to run for a one-year pilot period. In 2022 and 2023, the legislature re-authorized allocation of funding for TLC.  In 2022, The Murphy Institute provided funding to expand the clinic’s operation into Orleans Parish.

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Kennette Bardell, Statistician
Judge Nghana Lewis, Founder
Tyra Duhe-Griffin, Program Administrator