Alanah Odoms Hebert
Class of 2018
Civil Rights, Social Action or Advocacy
Seeking to rid Louisiana of the ignoble distinction of top incarcerator in the United States, Alanah Odoms Herbert has leveraged her professional experience as a prosecutor, litigator, and chief policy advisor to Louisiana’s first African American Chief Justice to draft and pass comprehensive criminal justice reform legislation in Louisiana.
During PLS, Hebert spearheaded a statewide initiative to reduce the pretrial detention of youth in Louisiana. The initiative provides technical assistance and training to judges on the importance of utilizing objective data, rather than anecdotes, to make detention decisions that preserve the humanity and dignity of children and reduce racial disparities in incarceration.