Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in 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 are already reducing our prison population, saving money,and making Louisianans safer. We know justice reinvestment works.
Louisiana is making progress - let's protect those reforms and finish the job.
In Louisiana, people with repeated convictions—often for 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 Statute are devastating for a substantial number of Louisianans, who would be better served by treatment and prevention programs, rather than years of incarceration.more
Overly long incarceration is counterproductive, expensive and inhumane. In Louisiana, there are more than 8,500 people sentenced to 30 years or more. The cost of housing people who have been incarcerated this long dramatically increases as their health declines. Our state needs a new, evidence-based approach that would keep our prisons and communities safer, and would save taxpayers’ money.more