Rachel Gassert

Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights.
Rachel Gassert is the Policy Director at the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit law office that represents and advocates for children in the state’s justice system. In 2016, she ran a successful campaign to raise the age at which children in Louisiana can be automatically prosecuted as adults from 17 to 18. In New Orleans, she was the driving force behind a city ordinance allowing police officers to issue warnings and summonses instead of making arrests. She has also lead ongoing efforts to eliminate the pre-trial detention of adolescents in the city’s adult jail. Previously, Rachel spent nearly nine years as a program associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, helping jurisdictions across the country reduce their reliance on youth incarceration. Rachel received a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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