Prison Reform Package Passes Louisiana House and Senate!

Orleans Parish Prison

Hell has indeed frozen over, because all 10 bills in the huge overhaul of the state’s criminal justice system passed both legislative chambers and the governor has signaled his willingness to sign the bill into law. Why now? I guess the legislature is finally tired of Louisiana’s well deserved but unwanted designation as the most highly incarcerated state in America.

While celebrating with jubilant member of the legislature, the Governor said in a statement, today’s progress on the criminal justice reform package coming out of both chambers demonstrates that we can find bipartisanship and collaboration among our elected leaders in Louisiana on tough initiatives that prioritize the best interests of our people. I am proud of the Legislatives’ work on these historic bills and look forward to signing them into law when they make it to my desk.

What is really going on here? It seems our esteemed governor Edwards is just following through on one of his main campaign promises, to reduce Louisiana’s world’s highest incarceration rate. For too long, Louisiana has had the ignominious distinction of having highest incarceration rate in the nation, Edwards said, We will soon begin to reverse that trend very soon. 

According to the Pew Institute, the implementation of all ten bills will reduce Louisiana’s prison population by 10% over the next 10 years. The savings created by the state no longer housing so many inmates is projected to be approximately $262 million, of which 70%  has been earmarked for programs that support victims and rehabilitate offenders.

 

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~ by neworleansmusicman on June 10, 2017.

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