The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Louisiana and around the country, praises the Louisiana Senate for passing the legislation recommended by the Justice Reinvestment Task Force. Taken together, the bills seek to improve public safety by strengthening community supervision, reducing recidivism, and increasing alternatives to incarceration. Thanks to the leadership of Sens. Donald Martiny, John Alario, and Jay Luneau, in addition to Reps. Walt Leger, Joseph Marino, Nancy Landry, and Pat Smith, Senate Bills 220, 221, and 139 passed the Senate with strong bipartisan votes.
Holly Harris, Executive Director of U.S. Justice Action Network: “After years of living with the highest incarceration rate in the country, Louisiana lawmakers are taking action. Today, a bipartisan group of Senators took the first step towards making the recommendations of the Justice Reinvestment Task force a reality by passing legislation that would focus prison beds on public safety issues and ensure those in prison have better access to rehabilitation programs. Louisiana is on its way to ensuring their taxpayer resources make communities safer and provide better outcomes. This will be a long road for Louisiana, but today the state showed it’s ready to join other Southern states like Texas, Georgia, and Mississippi that have already passed common sense, data-driven reforms to fix their broken justice systems. We urge the Louisiana House of Representatives to swiftly pass these smart-on-crime proposals and make neighborhoods across the state safer.”