Royce Duplessis

Running for State Representative, District 93

Summary

Royce Duplessis is a Democrat, running for State Representative, District 93. Duplessis is an attorney at and owner of Duplessis Law Firm, LLC in New Orleans. He specializes in civil litigation and criminal defense. If elected, Duplessis will focus on prioritizing accountability and delivering equitable outcomes for the people of New Orleans. Specifically, he plans to focus on budget and criminal justice reform, creating economic opportunities, issues of public health and public education, and establishing sustainable neighborhoods and infrastructure.

Visit Royce Duplessis's Website: http://royceduplessis.com/

Experience

Education:

  • Howard University School of Law (J.D. 2010)
    • Founded the Howard Energy & Environmental Law Society
  • Xavier University of Louisiana (B.A. Mass Communication/Media Studies 2004)

Past Employment & Civic Involvement:

  • Co-Founder & President of the A.P. Tureaud, Sr. Legacy Committee
  • Past Chairman of the New Orleans City Planning Commission (served for 5 years)
  • Mentor for male teenagers with the Silverback Society (2012-present)
  • Chief of Staff for New Orleans City Councilmember James Carter (District C)

Awards & Recognition:

  • New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (2017 Fellow, Leadership Award Recipient)
  • Xavier University of Louisiana’s 2015 “40 Under 40”.
  • Elected to serve on the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee

How They Compare

The race to represent the people of New Orleans in the Baton Rouge state legislature. It is currently held by Helena Moreno, recently elected to be an At-Large City Councilwoman in New Orleans. The transition will occur on June 1st.

Candidates were asked to respond to surveys based on the following principles: 

  1. Unemployment is a leading root cause of crime, we need to invest in jobs and education and not incarceration.
  2. Substance abuse and mental illness are both public health concerns, which lead to numerous arrests, charges, and convictions. A healthy community is a safe community.
  3. Affordable housing is a human right that is essential, yet many community members are prevented access to affordable housing due to finances and/or criminal records. The public housing criminal background check policy is an essential component to advancing housing access and uniting families in New Orleans.
  4. Detention, intervention, and suspension have been replaced with expulsion and criminal charges, narrowing the possibilities for teenagers. We need to reconsider the use of police officers as school staff and end the school-to-prison-pipeline.
  5. New Orleans is the global leader of mass incarceration. Sentences are excessive and parole releases are few, sentencing reform is necessary for our city.
  6. As sentences have grown longer, parole eligibility has been reduced or eliminated, resulting in many people being sentenced to death. Releasing people only after they are elderly or are suffering from a serious medical condition neither provides a meaningful opportunity for release nor allows people a realistic chance to be self-sufficient. We need parole reform.
  7. Prisons are destabilizing individuals, families, and communities rather than strengthening them. Prisons need to focus on healthy people and healthy families, a strong family bond is the greatest chance for success following prison, but predatory rates on prison phones, money transfers, emails and video calls keep people isolated and disconnected.
  8. Voting rights are the cornerstone of democracy and all people in the community deserve a chance to vote. America was created under the banner, “No taxation without representation,” yet 7,000 residents are barred from voting due to decade-old laws.
  9. New Orleans has a beautiful cultural tradition that melds people and ideas from around the world, but there cannot be “laissez bon temps rouler,” if our people are subject to harassment, discrimination or hate. Profiling based on race, religion, birthplace or self-identity must come to an end.
  10. The police and Sheriff’s department, prosecutors and judges, due to their intense power, require intense public supervision. The potential for abuse is unrivaled and history teaches us valuable lessons on the need for community oversight of police, courts, and jails.

 

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 in New Orleans, 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.

  • Royce Duplessis

    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.

  • Royce Duplessis

    Agree
  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in New Orleans, 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.

  • Royce Duplessis

    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.

  • Eldon Delloyd Anderson

    -

  • 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.

  • Eldon Delloyd Anderson

    -

  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in New Orleans, 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.

  • Eldon Delloyd Anderson

    -

    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.

  • Danil Faust

    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.

  • Danil Faust

    Agree
  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in New Orleans, 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.

  • Danil Faust

    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.

  • Kenneth C Bordes

    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.

  • Kenneth C Bordes

    Agree
  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in New Orleans, 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.

  • Kenneth C Bordes

    Agree
>

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, 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.

  • Royce Duplessis

    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, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations; and an end to excessive sentences that provide no meaningful opportunity for rehabilitation, hope, or second chances.

  • Royce Duplessis

    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.

  • Royce Duplessis

    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.

  • Royce Duplessis

    Agree

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

  • Eldon Delloyd Anderson

    -

  • 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, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations; and an end to excessive sentences that provide no meaningful opportunity for rehabilitation, hope, or second chances.

  • Eldon Delloyd Anderson

    -

  • 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.

  • Eldon Delloyd Anderson

    -

  • 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.

  • Eldon Delloyd Anderson

    -

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

  • Danil Faust

    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, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations; and an end to excessive sentences that provide no meaningful opportunity for rehabilitation, hope, or second chances.

  • Danil Faust

    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.

  • Danil Faust

    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.

  • Danil Faust

    Agree

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

  • Kenneth C Bordes

    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, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations; and an end to excessive sentences that provide no meaningful opportunity for rehabilitation, hope, or second chances.

  • Kenneth C Bordes

    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.

  • Kenneth C Bordes

    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.

  • Kenneth C Bordes

    Agree
>

On Equal Participation

  • I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting 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 court, 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 and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.

  • Royce Duplessis

    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.

  • Royce Duplessis

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

  • Royce Duplessis

    Agree

    I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.

  • Eldon Delloyd Anderson

    -

  • 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.

  • Eldon Delloyd Anderson

    -

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

  • Eldon Delloyd Anderson

    -

    I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.

  • Danil Faust

    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.

  • Danil Faust

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

  • Danil Faust

    Agree

    I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.

  • Kenneth C Bordes

    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.

  • Kenneth C Bordes

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

  • Kenneth C Bordes

    Agree
>

Where Royce Duplessis 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 will work directly with impacted individuals and reentry organizations. I will fight to ensure that we are working towards educational and economic opportunities both as a preventative measure to lower incarceration, and on the back end so that people have a true second chance by fighting to remove barriers.

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

Incarceration is not a solutions-oriented response to mental illness or people suffering with addiction. If elected, I will draw from best practices from other states, such as Florida and Georgia, to advocate for additional investment in mental health services, diversion programs and expanding drug courts.

I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in New Orleans, 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

Lack of housing is especially a challenge for people impacted by mass incarceration. If we cut people out of opportunities for education and jobs, how do we expect them to support themselves? We must improve affordable housing for impacted communities as well as other low-income families in Louisiana.

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

Research proves that Black and brown children are disproportionately impacted by this practice, increasing the likelihood that they will end up in the criminal justice system as adults. If elected, I will support efforts to limit suspension/expulsion and limit when law enforcement are present in schools.

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, 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

In negotiating a plea deal, it is unjust for the impacted individual to not have all of the necessary information about the long-term impact of a felony conviction. I will support efforts to ensure system-wide transparency and push for expansion of the sentencing and parole reform from 2017.

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

People should have an opportunity to share how they have been rehabilitated. It is extensive and inhumane to send so many people to die in prison. If elected, I will bring my experience from the Supreme Court and to advocate in favor of expanding parole eligibility.

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

If elected, I will work to combat the private companies from incarceration. I will also work with healthcare providers and government agencies to determine alternatives to current practices that would result in better medical care. We must address the rate of suicide and increase on-site medical staff.

I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.
Agree

Voting is fundamental to American democracy. There is no logical basis for barring people under community supervision from being able to exercise their constitutional right to vote. If elected, I will always fight to expand access to the ballot box, rather than limit it.

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

If elected, I will oppose any effort that will further discrimination and address current discriminatory practices. This is the responsibility of leadership, to serve as an example of what it means to serve all Louisianians, regardless of identity.

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

If elected, I will support increased transparency and accountability across the criminal justice system. The community must have the information needed to identify the drivers, their practices, how it impacts the prison population, and have a way to hold them accountable for abuse of power.

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