Criminal Justice

Louisiana’s 2017 Criminal Justice Reforms: The most incarcerated state changes course

The Pew Charitable Trusts highlights the landmark criminal justice reforms passed last year in the Louisiana Legislature, which over the next 10 years will reduce our prison population by at least 10% and save us over $250 million. The best part is that we have committed to reinvesting 70% of the savings into local programs that will work to help victims, reduce reoffending and create valuable re-entry and rehabilitation programs.

This is an example of how working together and smart policymaking can benefit everyone, and I am proud to be a part of it.

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Louisiana releasing more than 1,900 inmates early; here’s why

The guiding light of criminal justice reform has been the fact that being the incarceration capital of the world has not made us any safer for the last decade. Today's release is the first step and we have many more to go. The good news is that we have a committed, bipartisan team of legislators, sheriffs, victim advocacy groups, district attorneys, business leaders and community stakeholders who are determined to work together to invest in our state and find the best path forward.

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