Rhonda Kim Gleason

Running for Louisiana House of Representatives, District 45

Summary

Rhonda Kim Gleason is a Democratic candidate running for the Louisiana House of Representatives, District 45.

Visit Rhonda Kim Gleason's Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Geaux4Gleason/about/?ref=page_internal

Experience

Education:

  • University of Southwestern Louisiana (Art, Architecture, Visual and Performing Arts, 1993-1995)
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette (B.A., English and Creative Writing, 1999-2002)
  • Northwestern State University (Master’s in Fine and Studio Arts, 2004-2006) 

Experience:

  • Lafayette Parish School System (Artist/Studio Art Instructor, 2010-2012)
  • South Louisiana Community College (College Instructor of Fine Art, English and Communication, 2010-Present)
  • IND Media (Contributing Writer, 2014-Present)

How They Compare

We will continue to update this chart as we receive candidate's responses.

On Public Safety & Community Investment Issues

  • I support educational opportunities for all people; and hiring policies based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denials based on the stigma of their past; and I believe ‘Ban the Box’ should be statewide on all job applications.
  • I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment be done by medical professionals, not police and deputies; and crisis interventions be done by highly trained and highly skilled people who de-escalate tensions and promote nonviolence among our community members.
  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live here, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration. I will fight to make housing accessible to all people throughout Louisiana.

    I support educational opportunities for all people; and hiring policies based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denials based on the stigma of their past; and I believe ‘Ban the Box’ should be statewide on all job applications.

  • Rhonda Kim Gleason

    Agree
  • I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment be done by medical professionals, not police and deputies; and crisis interventions be done by highly trained and highly skilled people who de-escalate tensions and promote nonviolence among our community members.

  • Rhonda Kim Gleason

    Agree
  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live here, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration. I will fight to make housing accessible to all people throughout Louisiana.

  • Rhonda Kim Gleason

    Agree

    I support educational opportunities for all people; and hiring policies based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denials based on the stigma of their past; and I believe ‘Ban the Box’ should be statewide on all job applications.

  • Jean-Paul Coussan

    -

  • I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment be done by medical professionals, not police and deputies; and crisis interventions be done by highly trained and highly skilled people who de-escalate tensions and promote nonviolence among our community members.

  • Jean-Paul Coussan

    -

  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live here, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration. I will fight to make housing accessible to all people throughout Louisiana.

  • Jean-Paul Coussan

    -

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On Restorative Justice Issues

  • I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices that resemble prisons.
  • I support the creation of a Trauma Assessment tool, to be utilized prior to sentencing; clearly informing Defendants about specific impacts a conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, 2nd Amendment, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations; and an end to excessive sentences that provide no meaningful opportunity for rehabilitation, hope, or second chances.
  • I support all people having a fair and reasonable opportunity to present their case for release to the parole board, who will review the totality of someone’s rehabilitation rather than re-sentence someone for the crime; and to have the “20/45” law apply to all Lifers, so people over 45 years old, with 20 years in prison, are eligible to see the parole board.
  • I support keeping people healthy through proper medical care, and keeping families connected through a fundamental right to human contact, elimination of price-gouging Louisiana’s families, and termination of predatory contracts.

    I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices that resemble prisons.

  • Rhonda Kim Gleason

    Agree
  • I support the creation of a Trauma Assessment tool, to be utilized prior to sentencing; clearly informing Defendants about specific impacts a conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, 2nd Amendment, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations; and an end to excessive sentences that provide no meaningful opportunity for rehabilitation, hope, or second chances.

  • Rhonda Kim Gleason

    Agree
  • I support all people having a fair and reasonable opportunity to present their case for release to the parole board, who will review the totality of someone’s rehabilitation rather than re-sentence someone for the crime; and to have the “20/45” law apply to all Lifers, so people over 45 years old, with 20 years in prison, are eligible to see the parole board.

  • Rhonda Kim Gleason

    Agree
  • I support keeping people healthy through proper medical care, and keeping families connected through a fundamental right to human contact, elimination of price-gouging Louisiana’s families, and termination of predatory contracts.

  • Rhonda Kim Gleason

    Agree

    I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices that resemble prisons.

  • Jean-Paul Coussan

    -

  • I support the creation of a Trauma Assessment tool, to be utilized prior to sentencing; clearly informing Defendants about specific impacts a conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, 2nd Amendment, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations; and an end to excessive sentences that provide no meaningful opportunity for rehabilitation, hope, or second chances.

  • Jean-Paul Coussan

    -

  • I support all people having a fair and reasonable opportunity to present their case for release to the parole board, who will review the totality of someone’s rehabilitation rather than re-sentence someone for the crime; and to have the “20/45” law apply to all Lifers, so people over 45 years old, with 20 years in prison, are eligible to see the parole board.

  • Jean-Paul Coussan

    -

  • I support keeping people healthy through proper medical care, and keeping families connected through a fundamental right to human contact, elimination of price-gouging Louisiana’s families, and termination of predatory contracts.

  • Jean-Paul Coussan

    -

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On Equal Participation

  • I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting, a clear and consistent voter registration process for all citizens, and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.
  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in Louisiana.
  • I support strong and empowered community boards monitoring public servants within the police, the courts, and the jails; and I believe judges and prosecutors should be held accountable for their actions.

    I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting, a clear and consistent voter registration process for all citizens, and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.

  • Rhonda Kim Gleason

    Agree
  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in Louisiana.

  • Rhonda Kim Gleason

    Agree
  • I support strong and empowered community boards monitoring public servants within the police, the courts, and the jails; and I believe judges and prosecutors should be held accountable for their actions.

  • Rhonda Kim Gleason

    Agree

    I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting, a clear and consistent voter registration process for all citizens, and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.

  • Jean-Paul Coussan

    -

  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in Louisiana.

  • Jean-Paul Coussan

    -

  • I support strong and empowered community boards monitoring public servants within the police, the courts, and the jails; and I believe judges and prosecutors should be held accountable for their actions.

  • Jean-Paul Coussan

    -

>

Where Rhonda Kim Gleason Stands

I support educational opportunities for all people; and hiring policies based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denials based on the stigma of their past; and I believe ‘Ban the Box’ should be statewide on all job applications.
Agree

I believe educational opportunities reduce crime, reduce violence, reduce despair. I will do all I can to support and enhance the "Ban the Box" initiative and educate those who are not aware of the protocol.

I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment be done by medical professionals, not police and deputies; and crisis interventions be done by highly trained and highly skilled people who de-escalate tensions and promote nonviolence among our community members.
Agree

There are specific roles we all play in our communities. Our law enforcement should be trained to help de-escalate tensions, but they cannot assume roles beyond their training. We need to work collaboratively as a community when critical issue present themselves.

I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live here, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration. I will fight to make housing accessible to all people throughout Louisiana.
Agree

Housing is a necessity for all of humanity. In our society, homeownership lends to security, stability, and opportunity for the individual and the community they call home. We need to work to make housing -and homeownership- a reality.

I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices that resemble prisons.
Agree

Our children who are vulnerable to the criminal justice system should be directed to protocol that addresses their risk humanely and in a way that is appropriate for the adolescent psyche. We must not threaten our youth with law enforcement; their work should be appreciated as protection and service.

I support the creation of a Trauma Assessment tool, to be utilized prior to sentencing; clearly informing Defendants about specific impacts a conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, 2nd Amendment, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations; and an end to excessive sentences that provide no meaningful opportunity for rehabilitation, hope, or second chances.
Agree

I will protect the rights of those who are entering a sentencing, as the hope should always be for our criminal justice system to redirect the incarcerated with an outcome of fewer repeat offenders.

I support all people having a fair and reasonable opportunity to present their case for release to the parole board, who will review the totality of someone’s rehabilitation rather than re-sentence someone for the crime; and to have the “20/45” law apply to all Lifers, so people over 45 years old, with 20 years in prison, are eligible to see the parole board.
Agree

We need to take a fresh look at how we assess parole eligibility and protect opportunity after rehabilitation and release.

I support keeping people healthy through proper medical care, and keeping families connected through a fundamental right to human contact, elimination of price-gouging Louisiana’s families, and termination of predatory contracts.
Agree

Our incarcerated are still connected to our communities through family and loved ones and their victims. There should be no gain from those serving time; all those loved ones are enduring some of the most difficult chapters of their family narrative.

I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting, a clear and consistent voter registration process for all citizens, and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.
Agree

All of age Americans deserve the right to vote and to participate in the democratic process. Voter registration should be easy. Voting should be easy and made accessible.

I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in Louisiana.
Agree

One hundred percent. All who work in our government are servants to our community. Leadership should always be held to the highest standards of unity and inclusion; this is basic communication protocol in any chain of command.

I support strong and empowered community boards monitoring public servants within the police, the courts, and the jails; and I believe judges and prosecutors should be held accountable for their actions.
Agree

Our judges and prosecutors are at the center of disputes, as that is their line of work. Police and community leaders must communicate with one another so equity and fairness in justice is our prevailing benchmark.

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