Director reentry, coordinating volunteer services
Orleans Parish Sheriff Office
Gretna , Louisiana
Leo Hayden has been working at the intersections of violence corrections, jail, and community based integrated services for thirty one years. Most recently, his position as director of Southeast Louisiana Regional Re-entry and Restorative Services located at the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman brought Mr. Hayden to New Orleans from Chicago, where his role was as a consultant and president of the National Center for Violence Interruption (NCVI) His tenor as president and CEO of NCVI lasted seven years. He has vast experience working at the intersection of community gangs, substance abuse, offenders and family violence. Prior to NCVI, Leo directed Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) services at the Cook County Day Reporting Center; he also provided adolescence services at the Cook County juvenile detention center, the Sheridan Correctional Center, and therapeutic communities at six institutions within the state Department of Corrections in Illinois. He served as administrator for the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. He has worked for Civil Service; private business, state government, and U.S. Government, all in his quest to address the issues relating to community and public safety. Mr. Hayden is also an ex professional football player for the Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Football Cardinals and the World Football League. His skills at motivating this particular population to succeed, keeping focused, gaining stability, and staying out of prison is well respected throughout the world. He is an alumnus of the Ohio State University where he studied Communications and has served as an adjunct professor for numerous universities,
At present, Mr. Hayden is part of a National Evaluation Project through Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and the Broadband Technology Opportunities Project exploring the use of digital learning in transitioning offenders from prison/jail to community and beyond.
Sunday, June 26
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM