Louisiana is the incarceration capital of the world. Our taxpayers spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year on the criminal justice system, with little return on our investment. We want to change that.
In 2017, Louisiana adopted criminal justice reforms that will reduce our prison population, save money, and make Louisianans safer. These laws had bipartisan support from lawmakers, district attorneys, sheriffs, judges, business leaders, victims, formerly incarcerated people, and other criminal justice system stakeholders.
Louisiana is making progress - let's protect and finish the criminal justice reform package.
It is time to finish implementing the Task Force recommendations, and to change laws that prevent many Louisianans from being able to demonstrate rehabilitation and from being reunited with their families and communities. Louisiana can both hold people accountable for their actions and offer opportunities for redemption.more
Limiting jail time for technical violations was a recommendation of the non-partisan Justice Reinvestment Task Force, which included the voices of crime survivors, district attorneys, judges, Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, and law enforcement. The Task Force used data driven, evidence-based research to craft this recommendation to the Louisiana Legislature.more
It is time to finish implementing the Task Force recommendations, and to change laws that deprive or unnecessarily delay the opportunity for many Louisianans to earn time off their sentences through good behavior. Louisiana can both hold people accountable for their actions and offer opportunities for redemption.more
In Louisiana, people with repeated convictions—often convictions related to low-level offenses—can face enhanced penalties up to life in prison. The effects of these harsh sentences and of this so-called Habitual Offender law are devastating for a substantial number of Louisianans, who would be better served by treatment and prevention programs, rather than years of incarceration.more