Louisiana has joined the growing ranks of states that have embraced comprehensive criminal justice reform.
The Pelican State passed a reform package in June 2017 with strong bipartisan support, and will pursue additional reforms over the next year.
These reforms are designed to reduce recidivism, improve public safety, and invest in proven re-entry programs while saving the state’s already-overburdened taxpayers millions of dollars in the process. They include:
- Focusing prison space on serious and violent offenders
- Tailoring habitual offender penalties to the severity of the offense
- Ensuring that criminal justice fines and fees do not become a barrier to successful reentry
- Requiring that savings are reinvested into programs and policies that will reduce recidivism and support victims of crimes
These are reforms that conservatives should continue to champion across the country, including here in Louisiana.
As is the case of many other states, Louisiana spends extravagantly on criminal justice. In fact, we currently imprison more people per capita than any other place in the world. That comes with a hefty price tag—$700 million per year, to be exact.
Yet there is little evidence to suggest that the status quo leads to any meaningful improvement in public safety. But thankfully, change is now coming to Louisiana
The new reforms are estimated to save taxpayers about $262 million in incarceration expenses. Of that, $184 million will be reinvested into programs proven to reduce the incidence of repeat offenses and to support victims of crimes, all the while reducing our prison population by 10 percent over the next 10 years.
These reforms are the result of years of spadework, led in large part by conservative and free-market leaders and organizations both inside and outside of Louisiana.
Conservatives should continue to work together with state leaders to ensure the reforms are implemented well, so we can see the same kind of demonstrable results for public …read more
From:: Daily Signal – Feed