In 2017, the Louisiana Legislature passed 10 bills known as the Louisiana justice reinvestment package. Justice reinvestment is a data-driven approach to criminal justice reform that decreases incarceration, saves taxpayer money on corrections, and reinvests those dollars into initiatives that reduce crime.
Justice reinvestment is necessary to achieve true criminal justice reform in Louisiana. Our taxpayers spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year on the criminal justice system, with little return on their investment. Louisiana holds the title of incarceration capital of the world, but locking up people at a higher rate than anywhere else has not made us any safer.
The package to improve Louisiana’s criminal justice system had bipartisan support from lawmakers, district attorneys, sheriffs, judges, crime survivors, formerly incarcerated people, the business community, and other criminal justice system stakeholders. Now, however, there is proposed legislation that could put Louisiana’s justice reinvestment package in jeopardy.
We must protect the package and continue advancing Louisiana down the path of public safety, so it can shed its title as incarceration capital of the world.
If we fail to protect the justice reinvestment package, Louisiana will revert to its over-reliance on mass incarceration, and will not be able to afford the data-driven solutions it needs to improve public safety. The opportunity to save tax dollars and reinvest in programs that will prevent crime, build up our communities, improve public safety, and help victims could be lost.
Join Louisianans for Prison Alternatives in our commitment to reducing Louisiana's imprisonment rate.
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